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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Stuart McDougal and Paul Lagloire, Committee Chairmen, for The Freeze the Disease Pro/Celebrity Hockey Game, announced the 3rd annual Freeze the Disease Celebrity Hockey Game benefiting children and young adults suffering from cystic fibrosis will be held Sunday, October 22, 2006 in Los Angeles, California at STAPLES Center, 1111 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015.

The Freeze the Disease Foundation, with the full support of the LA Kings organization, is proud to announce that the legendary, Gordie Howe, "Mr. Hockey" himself, will be a special guest and honorary coach. Gordie is happy to join in our fight against cystic fibrosis and devoted to helping all those who suffer with this genetic lung disorder affecting 30,000 children and young adults in the United States and Canada in any way he can.

18,000 Guests are invited to attend a pro/celebrity ice hockey game (immediately following the LA Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks game) in the world-renowned STAPLES Center, in Los Angeles, CA. There will be a silent auction, featuring signed sports memorabilia, autographed posters, action shots, sticks and pucks by Gordie Howe, as well as a photo-op/meet & greet with Gordie Howe.

The event will start with the Kings/Ducks game at 3:00pm and a silent auction, followed by a "friendly" pro/celebrity hockey game starting at approximately 6pm. Team players include television and screen actors, Michael Vartan, Dave Coulier, Vladimir Kulich, Jason Priestley, and Brendan Fehr. From the NHL expected to play are Dave Taylor, Ian Turnbull, Gary Edwards, Mel Bridgman, Rick Chartraw, Vic Venasky, and Bobby Hull Jr. Ten-year old, Niko Strassle, a cystic fibrosis patient and hockey player, is also on the roster.

The mission and goal of the Freeze the Disease Foundation, a volunteer organization, is to support, educate and assist in the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for all those affected, raising consciousness to a level where all will know its name. For more information, call (818) 353-8687 or visit our Web site at Get your tickets online at

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting some 30,000 children and young adults in the United States and Canada. In 1955, few children with CF lived to attend elementary school. Today, the median age of survival is 35 years, still an unacceptable number.

Date: Sunday, October 22, 2006 3:00 – 8:00pm
Place: STAPLES Center
1111 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015

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