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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Pat Kaleta (Micheline Veluvolu )
Some local hockey talent have teamed up to help a friend in need.

Several NHL stars, including Buffalo Sabres players and alumni, gathered in Rochester Monday night to support former Rochester Americans' ace Craig Charron, who is currently battling stomach cancer.

A fundraiser was held at Murphy’s Law in Rochester where players including Patrick Kaleta, Rob Ray, Nathan Paetsch, Andrew Peters, Brian Gionta, Scotty Nichol, Ryan Callahan, Rory Fitzpatrick, Jody Gage and former Sabres Assistant Coach Randy Cunnyworth were in attendance.

More than 300 people came to the event and more than $30,000 was raised through donations and raffle items.

Other upcoming events to support Craig include a hockey exhibition game featuring NHL players on August 1st at the MCC Sports Center in Rochester and a golf outing at Oak Hill Country Club on August 2. For more information visit

“Sharky” played in 335 games and recorded 122 goals and 190 assists with the Amerks (1995-98, 2000-02). He was also a two-time winner of the team’s MVP award, scoring title, McCulloch Trophy for community service, Fairand O’Neill Award for sportsmanship, and the Booster Club’s Most Popular Player award.
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