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Ridgefield Hosting 72-Hour Hockey Game To Help Local Charities

Play for Purpose is hosting a 72-hour continuous hockey game starting May 7 to benefit two local families.
Play for Purpose is hosting a 72-hour continuous hockey game starting May 7 to benefit two local families. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – On Thursday, May 7, 200 men and women ages 16 to 75 will play in a 72-hour continuous hockey game in Ridgefield at the Winter Garden Ice Arena for Play for Purpose to raise awareness and funds to help two local families in need of financial assistance due to illnesses.

Proceeds will also benefit numerous local and national charities such as Molly Ann Tango Memorial Foundation, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and the Fisher House of Connecticut.

Last May, the group raised over $40,000, and this year its goal is $100,000. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a silent auction and cocktail reception before the first puck drops at 9 p.m. Play continues through Sunday, May 10, at 7 p.m.

A New York Ranger 2015 Team Jersey signed by the entire team as well as a stick signed by Team Captain Ryan McDonough will be auctioned.

In addition to the marathon game, there will be special guest appearances on Saturday, May 9, by New York Rangers alumni with an open skate, autographs, and “Meet and Greet” from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Players attending will include Andre Dore, Gilles Villemure, Mark Janssens and Tom Laidlaw. Others who may be in attendance depending on their schedules are John Tonelli, Nick Fotiu, Rod Gilbert and Glenn Anderson.

The New York Rangers’ Sled Dog Hockey Game against the NJ Freeze, (professional hockey for disabled players) will be held at noon Saturday, May 9. Pet Partners Companion Dogs will also be on hand at 11:30 a.m. The public is urged to stop by the rink to show support and encouragement.

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Winter Garden Ice Arena is located at 111 Prospect Ridge, Ridgefield.

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