The NHL Winter Classic creates such a buzz each January that fans talk about the game for weeks after the final buzzer. In April, after the snow and ice are gone, Central Pennsylvania hockey fans will get a melted down version of that special winter game when three of the most recognizable faces in hockey and their hilarious goalie join forces with some local hockey players — to raise money for the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.
The “After-Winter” Classic, 24/7 for Breast Cancer is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th at 5:00 p.m. at the Klick Lewis Ice Arena in Annville. (outside of Hershey) The exhibition hockey game will feature the Red Robin Robin’s versus Team Advanced Imaging. Special guests for this year’s game include the original Hanson Brothers and goalie Denis Lemieux — from the movie Slap Shot.
The Hanson Brothers have already helped raise over $52,000 for the PBCC in prior appearances. The Hanson’s will wear their famous Charlestown Chiefs uniforms — complete with their signature black glasses. Denis Lemieux will coach and encourage – courtesy of Hockey Plus/Goalie Plus and the Batdorf Restaurant. The game will feature the use of pink pucks in a pink themed arena. At the first intermission, the Hanson’s will play in the En-Kay Sporting Goods Little Dudes Game — which will introduce area youth to old time hockey.
According to Rob Ziemba, Founder of “Play It Again” for Charity; “this year, we are adding Denny to the event to compliment the Hanson Brothers and it will be a real treat for the fans. Our mission has always been to connect the fan — with the fan favorite and this year — we went a step further. All our celebrities are great with the fans and this is a rare opportunity to see something totally unique. Our “after” winter classic theme will be just that – a classic!”
Tickets for the event are $5.00 each and are available at the door beginning at 3:30 p.m. This is a first come – first serve event. Fans that can’t make the game may support our event with a check made out the PBCC and mailed to: Play It Again for Charity, P.O. Box 272, Campbelltown, Pa. 17010.
Fans with paid admission will have the opportunity to meet and greet the Hanson Brothers and Denis Lemieux in the lobby at various times during the game. 8 x 10 photographs of all celebrities – will be available for $10.00 each and can be autographed for free.
Come join the fun on April 28th and enjoy the Hanson Brothers’ “on-and-off-ice” antics, meet the real goalie of the movie Slap Shot. There will be many hockey prize raffles, music by DJ Dave Stalnecker, food and fun. Interested fans can visit slapshot2.org for more information. Come early!