This Friday, March 22, the Fifth Annual Mikey Strong Charity Hockey Game presented by M&M'S will be played at Prudential Center. This annual event is in partnership with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and WFAN, which takes place on the Devils main ice where fans can watch Devils, Rangers and Islanders alumni take the ice to help raise money for a good cause. Here are a few reasons you should be there:
Proceeds go to a great cause
In 2014, Mike Nichols suffered an injury while playing in a high school hockey game where he fractured his C-5 vertebrae and his life would be forever changed. This annual event raises money to benefit spinal cord research and quality-of-life initiatives where proceeds go to the Nichols Family Trust and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
Watch Devils, Rangers, and Islanders Alumni hit the ice
Devils alumni such as Ken Daneyko, Bryce Salvador, Mike Rupp and Bruce Driver will play on Team Reeve against former New York Jet and WFAN's Boomer Esiason, former Ranger Alexei Kovalev, and former Islanders Rick DiPietro and Arron Asham on Team Boomer. Other former National Hockey League players will be playing, as well as two 2018-19 Metropolitan Riveters players, Michele (Shelly) Picard and Kelsey Koelzer.
First 5,000 fans in attendance receive vouchers for Devils, Yankees, and Red Bull Tickets
The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a voucher for two complimentary tickets to select Devils home games during the 2019-20 season, a voucher for two complimentary tickets to select Yankees games during the 2019 season, and a voucher for two complimentary tickets to select Red Bulls games during the 2019 season.
Denna Laing and Mike Nichols will drop the puck
Denna Laing is a former National Women's Hockey League player for the Boston Pride, and a former Princeton University women's ice hockey player. In 2016, Laing suffered a career-ending spinal injury during the 2016 Outdoor Women's Classic, the first outdoor professional women's hockey game. She and Mike Nichols will be taking part in a ceremonial puck drop prior to the two teams facing off Friday night.
Tickets are just $25
For $25 per person, fans get all of the above by purchasing a ticket to this year's Mikey Strong Charity Hockey Game presented by M&M'S. Fans can't beat this price while having a great night out with friends and family, in which they're also donating to a great cause.
To purchase tickets to this year's event, visit newjerseydevils.com/mikeystrong.
Doors open at 6PM at Prudential Center and opening face off will be at 7:05PM. The game will be made up of two 25-minute halves with an intermission where a local sled hockey team will play a mini-game at center ice.
To stay up-to-date on all Devils-related news, follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @NJDevils. To follow Mike Nichols on Twitter and Instagram, fans can find him at @M_Nichs. If fans can't attend, they can still support this great cause and donate by texting STRONG to 24365.