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Blues Alumni Score Big for Kirkwood

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues
Bruce Affleck (left) and Bruce Racine play in the charity hockey game on Mar. 30, 2008. (Photos by Mark Buckner).
Score one for the hometown.

Kirkwood, that is.

Blues Alumni, Kirkwood Police Officers and members of the NAHL’s St. Louis Bandits played Sunday in “Goals and Assists for Kirkwood,” a charity hockey game designed to raise money for the families of victims from the Feb. 7 City Council shooting.

Al MacInnis, Bruce Affleck, Bob Plager, Bernie Federko, Scott Mellanby and Kirkwood-resident Jim Campbell were among the list of Blues Alumni to participate in the event, which raised more than $200,000 dollars for the “Goals and Assists for Kirkwood” program.

“I may not be originally from St. Louis, but I call St. Louis home – and these people are a big reason why,” said Affleck, referring to the citizens of Kirkwood. “Family, community and hockey have brought us together, but a tragedy made us realize how important that all means.”

Affleck spent weeks organizing the event, which was limited to just 300 tickets. Fans who purchased seats got to watch the game and attend a post game VIP party with food and beverages donated by the St. Louis Originals, a selection of local restaurants.

All those ingredients contributed to a great recipe for fun and light entertainment, all of which was for a good cause.

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“I don’t think any club in our league has an alumni group like this,” said Blues President John Davidson about the time and effort given by former Blues players. “It’s an amazing group of gentleman and families that whenever they’re called upon, they are more than happy to jump in with both feet to help the greater St. Louis area.”

Fans that couldn’t attend Sunday’s game were able to donate to the cause during the Mar. 29 game vs. Chicago. Wives of Blues players and alumni collected donations from fans, while Blues players agreed to match every penny of fan donations. Plus, a portion of tickets sold for the Apr. 1 game vs. Nashville will be donated to “Goals and Assists for Kirkwood.”

In addition, an anonymous donor contributed more than $50,000 for the program.

“A huge thank you must be extended to everyone within the St. Louis Blues organization for spearheading (the) event,” said Kirkwood Deputy Mayor Timothy Griffin. “The tragedy that brings us all together will never be forgotten, but the healing has begun, and with events such as this we are seeing our community knit back together with an even greater respect and understanding of one another.”

The Blues would like to extend their thanks, as well.

“I would like to thank the City of Kirkwood for their help,” Affleck said. “We are also grateful to everyone and anyone who has made a donation of time, money or services to this event. Our sincere thanks to you for supporting us in our effort to bring the community together and move forward.”

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