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Parise, JVR, Koivu, Suter among names taking part in Charity Game at Mariucci

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild off-season news Updated: October 12, 2012 - 8:34 AM

Lots of players, both locally based and out-of-towners, are starting to commit to the Locked-out NHL Player Charity Game and Jersey Auction later this month at Mariucci Arena.

The game is at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 (note time change) and is to benefit Defending the Blue Line (www.defendingtheblueline.org).

Headlining the event will be the Wild's Zach Parise.

Tickets for the event are $20 in advance, $30 at the door, and can be purchased via www.mygophersports.com. About 1,000 tickets have been sold. Player game worn jerseys will be autographed and auctioned off after the game and all fans will be entered into a raffle for a variety of prizes.

“In the event the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHLPA is settled prior to the event, DTBL reserves the right to provide an alternate game, or convert the monies spent on event tickets to a charitable donation to DTBL.”

Also, the player list below is subject to change in the event players take contracts in Europe or other reasons. Besides Parise, here are some names (in no particular order) that say they can play as of now:

Ryan Suter
George Parros
Clayton Stoner
Keith Ballard
Davis Drewiske
Jack Hillen
Stu Bickel
Darroll Powe
Justin Braun
Erik Johnson
Blake Wheeler
James van Riemsdyk
Mikko Koivu
Stephane Veilleux
Mike Lundin
Chris Porter
Kyle Okposo
Paul Martin
Kyle Brodziak
Jimmy Obrien
Cal Clutterbuck
Ryan Carter
Dan Sexton
Matt Kassian

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