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Elias to play in Mikey Nichols Charity Hockey Game

Check out the former NHLers who will skate in the Mikey Strong Charity Game

by Brian Born @BrianBorn /

WFAN and the Prudential Center will co-host the Third Annual Mike Nichols Charity Hockey Game on April 21 at Prudential Center. Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, hosts of the top-rated "Boomer & Carton" morning show on CBS RADIO's WFAN-AM/FM and simulcast on CBS Sports Network, will host and serve as team captains for the game, in hopes of raising money to benefit spinal cord research and quality of life initiatives.

Proceeds from the game will go to the Nichols Family Trust to provide for Mike's medical needs, as well as the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Recap last year's #MikeyStrong Charity Game with @WFAN and @BoomerAndCarton! @PruCenter hosts the event on 4/21.

General Admission tickets cost $20 and are on-sale now with corporate sponsorship and VIP packages also available. All attendees will receive a ticket voucher from the New Jersey Devils and the first 5,000 attendees to arrive on game day will receive a voucher from the New York Yankees. Each voucher will be valid for two (2) complimentary tickets to select games during the 2017 season.

A star-studded lineup full of NHLers and more will participate in the charity game. Below is the list of former members of Jersey's Team who will participate on April 21:

Patrik Elias: Fresh off #PattysLastLap, Patrik Elias will lace up the skates once more at Prudential Center. Elias will become the fifth member in Devils history to have his number retired by the organization, exiting the game as the franchise-leader in points, goals and assists. 

Grant Marshall: Former first round pick in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Grant Marshall will participate in his third Mikey Strong Charity Game this season. Marshall has built a strong bond with Nichols over the years. Marshall suffered a broken neck playing hockey in 1990 and experienced temporary paralysis before making a full recovery. As an NHLer, Grant Marshall won the Stanley Cup twice, once in Dallas (1999) and New Jersey (2003). 

Bryce Salvador: In 2013, Bryce Salvador was named the 10th captain in the New Jersey Devils history, and the third black captain in NHL history, behind Dirk Graham and Jarome Iginla. Salvador played a crucial part in the Devils' 2012 run to the Stanley Cup before falling to the Los Angeles Kings. Currently, Salvador is a driving force behind xHockeyProducts™ and is the company Chairman. This is Salvador's second year in the Mikey Strong Charity Game.

Bruce Driver: Currently the President of the Devils Alumni Association, Bruce Driver was a member of the 1995 Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils. Driver also attended University of Wisconsin and won the 1980-81 NCAA championship. This will be Driver's third year in the charity classic.

John MacLean: Johnny Mac will hit the ice for his second year in the Mikey Strong Charity Game. MacLean played a total 1,194 games, scoring 413 goals, adding 429 assists for 842 career points, and was the franchise all-time leading scorer until being surpassed by Elias on March 17, 2009. MacLean currently works as an analyst on NHL Network and as a hockey analyst for MSG Networks.

Ken Daneyko: Mr. Devil is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion, hoisting the Cup with New Jersey in 1995, 2000 and 2003. Daneyko holds the franchise record for games played (1,283) as a Devil. Dano currently works as the color analyst alongside Steve Cangialosi during broadcasts of Devils games on MSG Plus. Daneyko will be skating in his third Mikey Strong Charity Game.

Colin White: Entering his third Mikey Strong Charity Game is former Devils defenseman Colin White. White anchored the Devils' blueline on his way to two Stanley Cup Final victories in 2000 and 2003. 

Marek Zidlicky: Marek Zidlicky is a former NHL season who enjoyed a twelve-year NHL career, spending four of them in New Jersey with the Devils, including the 2012 Stanley Cup finalists. Zidlicky skated for five teams (NASH, MINN, NJD, NYI, DET) and is the Nashville Predators all-time leader in powerplay points in a season (35).

Arron Asham: Arron Asham will be among the former Devils to skate in his second Mikey Strong Charity Game. Asham played for six teams (MON, NYR, PHL, NYI, NJD, PIT) over fifteen years.

Doug Brown: Doug Brown wraps up the list of former Devils participating in the Mikey Strong Charity Game. Brown, a key-penalty killer for the Devils in the late 1980's went on to win two Stanley Cups in Detroit (1997, 1998). This will be his first time playing in the charity classic. 

Other Notable Players: Former NHLers Brad Richards, Tom Laidlaw, Rick DiPietro, Brian Mullen, Tie Domi, Alexei Kovalev, Marty Reasoner, Kevin Westgarth and Shelly Picard (former member of the US Women's National Ice Hockey Team) will also be skating in the game as members of Team Boomer or Team Carton. Join us at Prudential Center and help raise awareness for a great cause!

Tweet from @NJDevils: Join us for the @BoomerandCarton #MikeyStrong Charity Hockey Game on April 21 to score #NJDevils & @Yankees tickets!

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