NEW YORK — Players from the NHL, NHLPA and NHL Players’ Association, along with hockey stars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Connor McDavid, are expected to participate in a charity event Saturday, June 2, that is designed to raise awareness for the children of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Hockey Hall of Fame will be at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, for the event.
The NHL Players Association is also sponsoring the event at Barclays Center, where a banner with the names of children of Iraqi and Afghan war-related casualties will be flown to the arena.
“As hockey players, we want to do everything we can to help children in need,” NHLPA President and CEO Brian Burke said.
“We’re working closely with the players association to create a great event and raise awareness about the impact our players and teams have on our communities.”
The Hockey Players’ Foundation, which is helping raise funds for the charity, announced earlier this year that the NHL Players Players Association had donated $10 million to a program aimed at helping children in Iraq and Afghans.
“The Hockey Heroes Kids Program is designed specifically for children who have suffered the most extreme and devastating war,” the foundation said in a statement.
“Hockey Players have made it their life’s mission to fight for the rights of our country’s children, and today we’re excited to help raise money to help our kids get the best start in life.”
The NHLPA has also donated $500,000 to the Children’s Miracle Network, which has been working with Iraqi families to provide them with access to clean water, electricity, school supplies and other resources.
The event, titled “The Great Heroes of Iraq & Afghanistan: An Opportunity to Shine,” will feature the NHLPA’s Hockey Hall Of Fame inductees, as well as the NHL players, coaches and executives.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL President and GM Steve Yzerman will also be in attendance, and Hockey Hall’s chairman and CEO Kevin Rooney will serve as honorary president.
Tickets are available through the Hockey Hall website.