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NHLers Rock The WFCU Centre - http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/12...e-wfcu-centre/

Bob Duff - Windsor Star Newspaper - Dec 09, 2012 - 2:12 AM EST.

Jimmy Howard looked out upon the gathered media scrum and blinked a couple of times. “Haven’t seen you guys in a while,” Howard said. Likewise, we’re sure, was undoubtedly uttered by the 4,500 or so who came to the WFCU Centre Saturday night for the Rock Out The Lockout NHLPA charity game.

The final score saw Steve Ott’s Team White drub Dan Cleary’s Team Black by a 17-11 count in the NHLPA charity game that benefitted local childhood cancer foundation Sparkles From Above, but this was never about the game as much as it was about the event.

“It’s great,” former Windsor Spitfire Ott of the Buffalo Sabres said. “Being a local guy, to be able to contribute so much money to the Sparkles foundation and fight something that’s close to our hearts, childhood cancer, that’s a great success.”

What wouldn’t be so great would be if this were the last we see of NHLers for the rest of the hockey season.

“We’re hockey players,” Ott said. “You put us out on the ice and this is where we know what to do with our skills. “This is our job, our career and it’s a lot of fun, too. “We all want to be back on that ice as soon as we can. Hopefully, in the next little while, we’ll see that, too.”

Interview - Steve Ott - Post Rock Out The Lockout - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30WRwpcqLvA
Interview - Steve Ott - Pre Rock Out The Lockout - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S42ycTd3e4I

Photos - Rock Out The Lockout - http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/12...s-wfcu-centre/


Players grateful for fan support at Windsor charity game, optimistic NHL season can be saved -
http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index....fan_suppo.html

By Ansar Khan - mlive.com - December 08, 2012 - 10:34 PM.

Players were encouraged by the turnout Saturday night at the WFCU Centre and the reception they received, when an estimated crowd of 4,500 attended “Rock Out The Lockout,'' an NHLPA charity game that included 11 Red Wings. The White team, led by four goals from Kevin Westgarth of the Los Angeles Kings, defeated the Black team 17-11.

Red Wings Justin Abdelkader, Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen and Kronwall scored for the White team, which also got goals from Jordan Leopold, Kyle Wellwood, David Legwand, Drew Stafford, James Wisniewski, Jamal Mayers, David Clarkson, Thomas Vanek and Nick Schultz.

Matt Martin and Adam Burish each scored twice for the Black team, which also got goals from Detroit's Cory Emmerton and Cleary, as well as Matt Ellis, John-Michael Liles, Sergei Samsonov, James Neal and Brenden Morrow.

Predictably, it was a tough night for goalies Jimmy Howard, Jonas Gustavsson and Michael Leighton. “It's tough for a goalie,'' Cleary said. “For (skaters), you can get away with being sloppy a little bit, but for a goalie you got to be sharp.'' Howard couldn't complain. “It's just a lot of fun,'' Howard said. “We're all doing it for a good cause."


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