The Blackhawks will be playing in Chicago — or at least close to it. It just won’t be at the United Center as the NHL’s lockout of players persists.
Current and former Hawks will be getting together for a good cause next week. A charity game, called “Champs for Charity,” is scheduled for Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday at 5 p.m. on Ticketmaster.com with funds raised benefiting the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s hospital in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.
During the charity game, the “Chicago Stars,” featuring Hawks players, will face “The World,” a collection of other players from around the league.
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp are among current Hawks set to play, while former teammates Brian Campbell and Adam Burish also will be involved.
As far as tickets, there will be 100 VIP tickets made available. They are $500 and include glass seats, an event jersey, and a pre-game meet-and-greet with the players from 6 to 6:45 p.m.. There also will be $60, $30, $15 and $10 tickets available.
Rosters are sill being compiled. But here is an early list, which is subject to change, of who is scheduled to take part in the charity game:
Current and former Hawks: Toews, Sharp, Campbell, Burish, Kris Versteeg, Dave Bolland, Troy Brouwer, Ben Eager, Andrew Ladd, Jake Dowell, James Wisniewski, John Madden, Craig Anderson
Other players: Ryan Suter, Jack Johnson, Ville Leino, Mike Brown, Antti Miettinen, Jared Boll, Tom Gilbert, Alex Goligoski, Al Montoya, Kimmo Timonen