Tickets went on sale this morning for Operation Hat Trick, a charity hockey game on November 24th featuring a number of NHL players (if there were an NHL) at Boardwalk Hall that will benefit the American Red Cross in their efforts to help those devastated by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.
At first, I thought "who would want to go watch a pickup hockey game at the shore?"
But then I saw Scott Hartnell was involved, and while we all may be pissed at the NHL for not playing any damn games at the moment and potentially canceling an entire season, we shouldn't personally hold that against Hartsy. We miss Hartsy.
Other Flyers/former Flyers/guys-who-were-almost-Flyers-once that are
playing include Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, Simon Gagne, and Kimo
Timmonen. We hear Rick Tochet is going to coach.
Here's what the curly one told the Mystery Muncher, Tim Panaccio, yesterday:
“Brad Richards will captain the one team and I’ll captain the other,”
Hartnell said of the game at Boardwalk Hall. “This is pretty cool.
Brad’s been doing stuff out there on Staten Island. Maybe we’ll have
some Rangers-Flyers battles out there.”
Henrik Luneqvist will be coming over from Sweden to play in the game so don't expect any Flyers to score.
Also, Atlantic City has casinos.
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.