Benefit game at USA Arena to feature top U.S. NHL players
Some of the brightest American-born stars in the NHL will be on the ice at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth on Aug. 26.
They will be playing in the Stars & Stripes Showdown, a benefit hockey game in honor of late USA Hockey executive Jim Johannson. Proceeds will benefit the Jim Johannson Legacy Fund of the USA Hockey Foundation and the Ellie Johannson College Fund.
Johannson, who was USA Hockey’s executive director of hockey operations, died unexpectedly at the age of 53 in January. One of his responsibilities was putting together U.S. teams for international competition.
Among those currently committed to attend include the Red Wings’ Dylan Larkin, Jimmy Howard, Danny DeKeyser and Luke Glendening; Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ryan Suter and Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild, Kyle Connor of the Winnipeg Jets, James van Riemsdyk of the Philadelphia Flyers, Zach Werenski of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Charlie McAvoy of the Boston Bruins.
The coaches for the game will be Detroit’s Jeff Blashill, Tony Granato (Wisconsin Badgers), John Hynes (New Jersey Devils) and David Quinn (New York Rangers).
“We are all very excited to honor J.J. with this game,” said Larkin, who was a driving force in organizing the event. “I, along with many others, am thankful for the impact J.J. had on my career, and we are all eager to help his family and continue his legacy.”
The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Festivities will include a live auction of game-worn jerseys, an on-line auction featuring game-worn jerseys and autographed NHL memorabilia, in-arena raffles, and a post-game meet and greet with players and coaches.