With the odds of salvaging even part of the NHL season dwindling, several Ottawa Senators are among a group of players planning to play in a charity tour of Canadian towns and cities.
Chris Phillips, Chris Neil, Zack Smith, Mark Methot and Peter Regin have all signed up to join a tour that begins Monday in Cornwall, Ont.
Former NHL player and coach John Chabot is organizing the tour.
Chabot said the tour will also see the players heading to Thunder Bay on Nov. 12 and then Yellowknife, Inuvuk and Hay River in the Northwest Territories the following week. He said more games might follow in Dawson City and Whitehorse in the Yukon.
"These guys are willing to play some games, I'm going to organize the games and get them out to some parts of Canada they've maybe never seen before, and a lot of people in these areas will be able to see NHL hockey," said Chabot.
Another 10 players, including Brian Gionta from Montreal and Tyler Kennedy from Pittsburgh, have also committed to join the tour.
"If we can get 20, 22 guys, we can run with a real good up-tempo hockey game, and we're going to get that. By Monday we'll have the players set," he said.
Money from ticket sales will go towards First Assist Charities, an organization that introduces aboriginal youngsters from remote communities to larger cities where they may eventually study or work.
Chabot said he's in talks with Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson as well, but Alfredsson's attendance is not confirmed.
The players' expenses are covered, but everything else — including insurance — will come out of their own pockets.