Allstate: reunited center
BY ADAM L. JAHNS October 25, 2012 11:15PM
*** TAGS - BLACKHAWKS, FLYERS, WACHOVIA CENTER, STANLEY CUP FINAL, GAME 6, PHILADELPHIA *** 06-09-10 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia - The Blackhawks' Brian Campbell hoists the Stanley Cup. - JOHN J. KIM ~ SUN-TIMES
Updated: November 27, 2012 11:06AM
With thousands of fans expected for the “Champs for Charity” game and with many players from the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup-winning team participating, Allstate Arena might feel like the United Center on Friday.
With no end in sight to the lockout, that was the goal for the charity game, which benefits the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital. More than 8,500 tickets have been sold, but there are still some available.
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Dave Bolland, Brian Campbell, Troy Brouwer, Kris Versteeg, Andrew Ladd and Adam Burish (the mastermind behind the game) will represent the 2010 champs. Bobby Ryan, Jordan Staal and Ryan Suter are some NHL stars who will participate, while Sun-Times Splash columnist and former Playmate Jenny McCarthy and ex-Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster will be celebrity coaches.
Hot Corner made sure to stop Campbell for a quick Q&A:
On what it means to see Ladd, Burish and other old teammates:
“It’s good. More than anything, it’s for a good cause. You’ve got to have some fun and get your mind off everything that’s going on right now with everybody’s situations. For me, it’s an easy choice. I live here. But it’s nice to see guys coming in from out of town and wanting to be part of a great cause.”
On if it feels like 2010:
“It’s good to see guys you don’t see as much anymore. It should be good to see some fans, too. It’s going to be exciting. We’re just trying to have some laughs, and hopefully we can get the fans laughing and have some good fun.’’
On how much he thinks about the Cup-winning season:
“You always think about some things with it, for sure. It’s a great time in everybody’s life and something you don’t get a great opportunity to do a whole lot of times. ... You’re always going to have a bond with everybody.”
On whether guys from that team have changed:
“No. It’s nice for me to still be able to play with some guys [Versteeg, Tomas Kopecky in Florida] and still have a good connection. That’s a bonus for me. Some guys like Adam, there’s some guys here you haven’t played with [in a while]. Too bad it’s not more guys and everybody can be back.”
On Big Buff’s whereabouts:
“I thought he was coming. He’s probably camped out in the woods somewhere.” Adam L. Jahns