Play For A Cure raises $400,000 to fight cancer

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The Play For A Cure Pro Am fundraising event featuring former NHL players raised $400,196 in the fight against cancer.

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Money raised from the event will go to the Cancer Research Collaboration Fund.

The two-day event began with NHL broadcaster Ron MacLean hosting the Play For A Cure Draft on April 7 at the St. Clair Center for the Arts. The event included interviews with repeat Stanley Cup winners Tim Taylor, Mike Krushelynyski, and Al Iafrate, NHL Hall of Famer Paul Coffey and Megan Bozek, who have won two Olympic silver medals and five world championships.

The following morning, local hockey players competed in a shootout against NHL goalies Michael Leighton and Marty Turco at LaSalle’s Vollmer Sports Complex.

The fundraiser ended with an All-Star Game with the top twenty-two fundraisers playing with NHL and professional alumni players.

For a chance to be drafted in the game, prospective local players had to raise at least $500.

The pro roster included Adam Graves, Tim Taylor, Paul Coffey, Derian Hatcher, Michael Leighton, Megan Bozek, Rick Vaive, Dan Daoust, Nik Antropov, Mike Krushelnyski, Al Iafrate, Marty Turco, Aaron Ward and Tom Fergus.

More than 75 volunteers also helped run the fundraiser, including refereeing, score keeping, clean up, food preparation, change room management and venue security.

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