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ALUMNI SKATE FOR GOOD CAUSE

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Riverside - Riverside Ice Town opened it's doors to the Los Angeles Kings Alumni Association this past Sunday as they held a fundraiser for Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. Matt Dunaev (Hockey Director/General Manager) of Ice Town, organized a round-robin tournament in which eight teams competed for a chance to play against Kings Alumni which included Kings' broadcasters Daryl Evans and Jim Fox, as well as Kings' assitant coaches Mark Hardy and Jamie Kompon.

Prior to the puck drop Daryl Evans and Matt Dunaev met at center ice with Tiffany Hoakstra (Children's Hospital Foundation Champions Program) and Joanna Deleon (Director of the Children's Hospital) to present the check to Loma Linda University Children's Hospital.

"We had such great support, not only from Ice Town, but the LA Kings as well with bringing all the Alumni. That helped this event become huge and we are so appreciative to all those involved," said Hoakstra.

All the proceeds from the event will go the hospital's "Greatest Need" which focuses on any costs that the hospital can incur such as replacing cardiac monitors. The money is also focused taking care of the over 100,000 children that come through the hospital doors annualy.

"This event is a great event. The Kings Alumni Association is really starting to take form. Today's cause is a good one, the Children's Hospital of Loma Linda. They raised over $15,000 and we were very fortunate and very thankful to be a part of it and we look forward to doing it again in the future," said Daryl Evans.

The Alumni were set to face off against the winners of the tournament, Team Ice Town. Ice Town started quickly scoring the first goal of the game but the Alumni responded scoring three straight to end the first period up 4-2. After two more hard fought periods the Kings Alumni skated away with an 11-10 victory over a strong, fast-skating Team Ice Town.

"It was a good time. They showed us a little bit on how to pass but we showed them some young legs, besides me I'm the old guy on the team at 33. It was a lot of fun and they are a great group of guys to play with," said Team Ice Town forward Jason Roloff.

Everyone on the ice was having an great time as players were laughing and smiling as they skated by.

"Skating with these guys was unreal. The whole point of this tournament was to play and get to that point. Even these guys that are retired, it's unbelievable how fast the puck moves. Ulitmitely that's how we were able to get some many teams involved and raise over $15,000 for the hospital," said Matt Dunaev.

The event attracted many fans and the ticket sales generated will also go to benefit the hospital.

"It's always great to get back involved in the game and it's always great to help a charity. I know our group the Alumni Association has been hanging around a few years now and we really want to get involved. Tonight was just a great example of how a local community gets behind, in this case a hospital and that's perfect, thats' right up our alley. If we can help in any way, were going to be there. The Kings Alumni Association is going to help out as many groups as we can," said Jim Fox.

This was great opportunity to help out those in the local community of Riverside.

"Overall this was an amazing event. Everybody had a good time, all the teams want to come back for next season. For the first time around I'm very impressed and very pleased with the turnout with the amount of money we raised for the Children's Hospital. They were so thankful and were really looking forward to doing this again next year," said Dunaev.

Written by Courtney Ports | Special to LAKings.com

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