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National Hockey League stars Brian Gionta, Ryan Callahan, Marty Reasoner and Scott Nichol, along with Hockey Legends Lindy Ruff, Rob Ray and Craig Muni are coming to Rochester on Sunday, August 1st to participate in a hockey exhibition game in support of Rochester Americans Hall of Fame player Craig Charron. Current NHL players and the hockey heroes faceoff at 5:30 p.m. at the Sports Centre at Monroe Community College, with an autograph and photo session scheduled for after the game.
Tickets for the game are available at the Sports Centre at MCC and the Rochester Americans office located at The Blue Cross Arena, with a minimum donation of $10 per ticket. Hockey Legend jersey auctions, raffles and other memorabilia will be available, all in support of Charron. The event is hosted by the Rochester Americans Alumni Association in support of Craig Charron.
The NHL stars include Gionta (Montreal), Callahan (NY Rangers), Reasoner (Florida), Nichol (San Jose), Nathan Paetsch (Florida), Patrick Kaleta
(Buffalo), Adam Mair (Buffalo), Tim Connolly (Buffalo), Andrew Peters (New Jersey) and past NHLer and Rochester American Rory Fitzpatrick. It will be a family affair for the Gionta and Peter families. Brian’s brother, Stephen, and Andrew’s brother, Geoff, will both play in the game. Stephen spent the past four seasons in the American Hockey League with Lowell, while Peters is a former Amerk.
The Rochester Americans Alumni featured in the game include 25 current and former players now living in the Rochester-area. Amerk Hall of Famers Jody Gage, Randy Cunneyworth, Jim Wiemer, Scott Metcalfe, Geordie Robertson, Jim Hofford, Dan Frawley and Gates Orlando, along with other local former Amerks Jason Cipolla and Brian McKinnon, will play in the exhibition.
The coaching staffs for the game include 1980 Miracle on Ice players Jim Craig and Mike Eruzione, and two of the three members of the Buffalo Sabres “French Connection”: Rick Martin and Rene Robert.
Charron is aggressively battling the disease. Along with his wife Wendy and four children, Craig has continued to live in Rochester after a long and successful professional hockey career, and is currently Head Coach of the Spencerport High School hockey team, several youth hockey teams and is General Manager of the Sports Centre at MCC. Charron scored 122 goals and added 190 assists in 335 games with the Amerks, leading Rochester to the Calder Cup in 1996 and was inducted into the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame in 2008.
For further information, log onto www.craigcharron.com.