It was one of the greatest assemblages ever of superstar hockey talent in the tri-state area— and it was all for charity.
More than 6,000 fans took up most of the lower level of the Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils, in Newark, N.J. on Saturday afternoon, and more than $50,000 was raised to benefit last year's southern New Jersey victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The North American Hockey Legends, a team of former Devils and other former local NHL alumni, faced off with such Russian Hockey Legends as Darius Kasparaitis, Alexei Kasatonov, Vladimir Malakhov, Alexei Yashin and Valeri Kamensky, along with Kontinental Hockey League president Alexander Medvedev. The Russians held on for a 7-6 victory, after North America roared back from a 6-2 third-period deficit.
The game was organized by former longtime Devils defenseman and current TV analyst Ken Daneyko, who put things together in just a matter of weeks.