NEW YORK (AP) — Center Brad Richards and several of his New York Rangers teammates participated in a benefit skate Friday to help in the relief efforts on Staten Island after Superstorm Sandy.
Richards, who signed with the Rangers last offseason, and led them to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last postseason, partnered with a high school team to organize "Skating for Sandy."
Defensemen Steve Eminger, Dan Girardi, Anton Stralman and Marc Staal as well as forwards Carl Hagelin, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Jeff Halpern, Taylor Pyatt and Marian Gaborik joined Richards at the Staten Island Skating Pavilion for two afternoon sessions with area children.
"Being part of the community makes you a part of everyday life," Richards said.
The idea was broached by Steve Rose, a community affairs officer in Brooklyn and a friend of Richards. Rose estimated the event raised between $10,000-$12,000.
"Obviously you know what's gone on with New York," Richards said. "It's scary to see what the damage is."
Richards will also play in a Sandy-related charity game next Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J.. He will be joined by Eminger, Halpern and Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Also in that game will be several members of the Philadelphia Flyers.
"We're excited about that," Richards said. "We've got a lot of good people on board."
For a day, at least, Richards and his teammates were able to take their focus off the NHL lockout, which began on Sept. 15. Talks have netted little progress of late, and as the days wind down, so do the chances of a season. Friday, in fact, was the 62nd day of the impasse, and the NHL and NHLPA haven't even talked this week.
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