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11-24-2012, 10:57 AM
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From Bill Meltzer's blog on HockeyBuzz...

OPERATION HAT TRICK: Team Philadelphia/New Jersey vs. Team New York -- 7:00 PM

A host of current and former Flyers will participate in the benefit game, including Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen, Wayne Simmonds, Braydon Coburn,Jody Shelley, James van Riemsdyk, Simon Gagne, Justin Williams, Dan Carcillo, Steve Downie, Ville Leino and Steve Eminger.

Broadcast info: There will be no television broadcast of the game. However, there will be a live radio and internet audio broadcast of the game via 97.3 ESPN Radio.

9:59AM EST November 24. 2012 - Thanksgiving morning for James van Riemsdyk began with a trip from one of his offseason training homes in Minneapolis to the airport, then a flight to Newark that was followed with a drive to his parents' home in Middletown.

The 23-year-old Flyer-turned-Toronto Maple Leaf sure had a lot to be thankful for this year when eating a turkey dinner with family. He was away training and safe the week of Halloween, but hearing and seeing what kind of damage Hurricane Sandy unleashed on his North Jersey region was and still is painful.

Other than a few trees coming down in his parents' backyard, no power for almost a week and 10 days of worrying about the family boat, his family survived with its health and

Some of his childhood friends weren't so fortunate.

"We got off relatively lucky, but a couple of guys that I played hockey with live in beach towns and their houses were ruined," van Riemsdyk said. "All their stuff is basically gone, so this hurricane hit close to home."

Seems appropriate that Sammy Hagar gets the GDT song nod for this game:

Notes: Operation Hat Trick was nearly sold out Friday, according to Caesars, which is sponsoring the event. Seating capacity for hockey at the Hall is 10,820. ... Former Flyer Rick Tocchet will coach the New Jersey- and Philadelphia-based team. "Jersey Shore" star Vinny Guadagnino will coach the New York squad. ... Flyers anthemist Lauren Hart will perform the national anthem today. ... Fedoruk said there will be penalty shots instead of power plays, but other than that it will be a regular 60-minute game. ... Musician Sammy Hagar pledged to donate $1,000 for every goal scored in Operation Hat Trick.

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