Third annual charity hockey game at Prudential Center will benefit spinal cord research
by Brick City Live | April 20, 2017
On Friday, April 21st, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, hosts of the top-rated “Boomer & Carton” morning show will co-host the Third Annual Mike Nichols Charity Hockey Game to benefit spinal cord research and quality of life initiatives.
Tickets to the game, which will take place on Friday, April 21st at the Prudential Center, cost $20. All attendees will receive a ticket voucher from the New Jersey Devils and the first 5,000 attendees to arrive on game day will receive a voucher from the New York Yankees for the 2017 season.
In January 2014, Mike Nichols sustained a spinal cord injury during a varsity hockey game when he was checked from behind, fracturing one of his vertebrae. Following the accident, the Monroe Township student received a flood of support from the hockey community, including the New Jersey Devils, as well as Boomer & Carton. Three years later, Mike now pays forward his gratitude by serving as an ambassador for the Reeve Foundation to help speed the development of treatments for spinal cord injury.
“When I was first injured, the hockey community rushed to my side and have been with me ever since,” said Nichols, according to a statement. “I have been incredibly grateful for the generosity from Boomer, Carton and the entire WFAN family. And now, to have this event at the Prudential Center, the home of so many great players, is truly a dream come true.”
He continued: “Whether I get back on the ice or not, I will always be a hockey player at heart. The love I have for this sport fuels my mission to get everyone living with paralysis out of their wheelchairs and to a better quality of life.”
Mike visited the Boomer & Carton show in November 2014 after he and Carton connected via Twitter. During the interview, the idea of a benefit hockey game was born.
“This is one of the most inspiring events that we participate in. We know all who attend come away with the exact same feeling,” said Boomer and Carton. Mark Chernoff, program director at WFAN, added: “We’re thrilled to once again be a part of this unbelievable event to help raise awareness and funds for such a worthy cause and for our friend, Mike Nichols.”
In 2015, the inaugural charity game raised more than $57,000. The 2016 game topped that figure with more than $60,000 to benefit the NicholsFamily Trust and the Reeve Foundation. Both events were held at the Middletown Sports Complex in Middletown, New Jersey.
After selling out two years in a row, the Prudential Center offered a new home for the all-star game with the goal of filling over 6,000 seats—a significant increase from the 1,800 attendees in years past.
The all-star game which will feature former NHL players, including Devils great Ken Daneyko, ex-Rangers Tom Laidlaw, Tie Domi and Brad Richards, and former Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro. Proceeds will go to the Nichols Family Trust to provide for Mike’s medical needs, as well as the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding research, and improving the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis.
“We are proud to host an incredible event for such an extraordinary cause,” said Hugh Weber, President of the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center. “Mikey and his family are an inspiration to all of us. We are grateful for this opportunity to bring our community together and raise awareness for spinal cord injuries, with a fun and entertaining game on the ice.”
General Admission tickets cost $20 and are still on sale, with corporate sponsorship and VIP packages also available. Each voucher will be valid for two two complimentary tickets to select games during the 2017 season.
Doors open at 6:30 PM and the game starts at 7:30 PM. For more information on the Third Annual Mike Nichols Charity Hockey Game, please visit www.ChristopherReeve.org/hockey.
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