Hockey Stars For Hope - the NHL charity tour comes to the UK!

Wednesday, 20th April 2005

Following the success of the September 2004 fundraising matches, Hockey Stars For Hope is coming to the UK this May for a five-date tour.  The charity tour is hoping to raise money to promote junior hockey development schemes in various cities, and the UK tour will see the development schemes in Nottingham, Dundee, Cardiff, Coventry and Sheffield benefit from the fundraising efforts of the former and current professional players who participate in the tour.

"All revenue after expenses will go to youth hockey programmes in the cities we play," says Hockey Stars for Hope's Shawn Allard, who also reveals how the tour is able to attract some of the big names in pro hockey:  "Because of the NHL lock-out, we have an opportunity to get them over here and it will give the fans a chance to see some NHL action which they would not normally be able to see."

So far, the players who have committed to the tour include Brad May of the Vancouver Canucks, Washington goalie Sebastien Charpentier, George Laraques of the Edmonton Oilers and Darcy Hordichuk of the Florida Panthers.

The UK tour kicks off at the Nottingham NIC on May 3rd, then on to Dundee Ice Arena on May 5th.  May 7th sees the tour land in Cardiff at the Wales National Ice Rink, before heading to Coventry Skydome on May 8th.  The itinerary lists a visit to Ice Sheffield for May 10th to round off the tour.

Hockey Stars for Hope is a non-profit organisation founded in 2004, with the stated aim of "raising money for kids who have the passion but not the financial resources to enjoy the game of hockey".  Further information can be found by visiting the official website at

by Richard Allan