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’10 and now: Hawks are back in black for charity game

Adam Burish listens reporter's question. Former current Blackhawks speak news conference announcing they will play charity hockey game Oct. 26

Adam Burish listens to a reporter's question. Former and current Blackhawks speak at a news conference announcing they will play in a charity hockey game on Oct. 26 to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana. Photographed at the Ronald McDonald House on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times

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Updated: November 19, 2012 3:34PM

All the chirping Adam Burish, Patrick Sharp, Brian Campbell, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews engaged in Wednesday made it seem like 2010.

And that’s really the point behind the “Champs for Charity” game set for Oct. 26 at Allstate Arena as the NHL lockout continues.

“That was the idea: Let’s see if we can get guys from our Cup team back together and make it like a reunion,” said Burish, the game’s mastermind. “We want to give fans who are starving for hockey something fun to watch. We want to give back to charity in Chicago.”

Andrew Ladd, Dave Bolland, Ben Eager, Troy Brouwer, John Madden and Kris Versteeg will participate, and there’s hope Dustin Byfuglien will play.

The Wild’s Ryan Suter and the Blue Jackets’ Jack Johnson are a few of the notable NHLers involved. They also are trying to get Penguins star Sidney Crosby to join.

Tickets can be purchased at with proceeds benefitting the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital.

“It’s few and far between, the chances we get to see each other,” Toews said of his Cup-winning teammates. “To get on the ice together is even more of a great opportunity.”

Adam L. Jahns

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