NHL fans could have a chance to see NHL players hit the ice in Thunder Bay next week.
Former NHLer John Chabot is trying to organize a charity game at the Fort William Gardens and said he already has players from half a dozen NHL clubs lined up to take part. Chabot said it would be entertaining and competitive, without the hitting part of the game.
"This is going to be a quasi all-star game, but a little more intense," he said.
"While the players will not fight for loose pucks there will be a battle. There will be no hitting. There's insurance purposes we're looking at [and] we don't want the players to get hurt … the players don't wanna get hurt."
Some players Chabot said who could take part in the Thunder Bay game include Daniel Alfredsson, Brian Gionta, Chris Phillips, Chris Neil, Stephen Gionta, Peter Regin, Grant Clitsome, Derick Brassard, Guillaume Latendresse, Tyler Kennedy and others.
'Chicken salad out of chicken crap'
A similar game took place in Cornwall, Ont. on Monday. Other match-ups are scheduled to take place the Northwest Territories in Inuvik, Yellowknife and Hay River.
Chabot said he expects the event’s details to be ironed out in the next couple of days and said he's already been in touch with the city about booking the Gardens for Nov. 12.
Money raised from the game will go to charity. Chabot added the event will be fan-friendly, as there will be opportunities for autographs and chances to meet players.
"We've got a chance to do something really good with a situation that's not so good," Chabot continued.
"So we're making chicken salad out of chicken crap. We're just kinda flying by the seat of our pants in a way, but in a very organized way."
Chabot played in the NHL for 8 seasons in the 80s and early 90s.