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Jim Dowd's Shoot for the Stars Foundation will be holding its 13th annual Shore High School All-Star Hockey Game between those standouts from Ocean and Monmouth Counties on Sunday at the Red Bank Armory in Red Bank, N.J., at 5:30 p.m. Officials for the game will be Matt McNulty, Jim Carlucci and Dan Scarafile.

Tickets for the charity event are $10 and will be sold at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Brick Stars "Special Need" Challengers Ice Hockey program. There will be a 50/50 prize raffle with various NHL signed memorabilia and donated prizes. There will also be an official Zach Parise signed jersey and one suite for a 2010-11 N.Y. Rangers game. The first 400 fans will receive free giveaways and signed Jim Dowd posters will be available for $25.

Dowd played for 10 different teams over 17 NHL seasons, including three-plus with the Devils, one with the Flyers and one with the Islanders.

"Hockey in New Jersey has grown so much over the last 15-20 years," Dowd said. "I was born and raised here, and there are so many more youth programs now. When I was growing up, there were 12 or 14 and now there are 33, and I know because my kids are playing. It's amazing to see how hockey has grown in the state."

Among those in attendance will be Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk, who was named Monmouth County MVP of this event back in 2004 when he played for Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, N.J. Also in attendance will be Stanley Cup-winning assistant coach Mike Haviland of the Chicago Blackhawks.  The Middletown, N.J. native never missed the playoffs during his seven-year minor league coaching career, which included capturing the East Coast Hockey League's Kelly Cup in 2003 with the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies and in 2005 with the Trenton Titans. He'll enter his third season as an assistant with the Blackhawks this fall.

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