CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) - St. Louis Blues fans got a taste of professional hockey Saturday night and contributed to a good cause at the same time. The event at Hardee's Iceplex in Chesterfield was billed as Janssen vs. Sandy. Former Blue and now New Jersey Devil Cam Janssen organized a game to benefit first responders impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
"They are in a crucial state right now so they could use all the help they could get," Janssen said before he took to the ice.
Janssen, who is from Eureka, was home due to the labor lockout by NHL owners. But he watched weather reports and news stories about the devastation to the east coast caused by Hurricane Sandy. He also heard from friends and teammates, some of whom just got electric power restored.
"That huge impact that storm had, it's tough on them and we're just trying to help out as much as possible," he added.
Blues players including, Alex Pietrangelo, T.J. Oshie and David Backes played as did Jamal Mayers from the Chicago Blackhawks. The Iceplex sold out. Ticket sales plus auction items generated $50,000. Even the coaching spots were up for auction. A signed David Freese jersey went for $1000.
The funds will go to Responder Rescue Inc, a St. Louis charity designed to help injured or ill first responders once they have exhausted all other coverage. The charity will funnel the donations to east coast firefighters, police and EMTs who need help recovering from the storm.
To make a donation go to: Responder Rescue Inc
By the way, Janssen's All-Star team won the game 9-8.