New York Rangers players are gearing up for the Shoulder Check Showcase, a notable charity event that will join forces with NHL stars to make a difference both on and off the ice.
A group of big-hearted New York Rangers are gearing up for a heartwarming charity hockey game to spread kindness and compassion. Known as the Shoulder Check Showcase, the event will take place on Thursday, August 9 at the Terry Connors Rink in Stamford, Connecticut, and it’s all for a great purpose.
Shoulder Check is an inspirational initiative by the #HT40 Foundation that aims to motivate young men and women to support each other through small acts of kindness that can leave a lasting impact. A reminder that just putting a hand on your shoulder can make a big difference to someone’s day.
New York Rangers stars join other NHL stars for a greater cause.
The charity game’s roster is star-studded, with several Rangers players headlining the event. Mika Zibanejad, Jacob Torba, Chris Crider, Barkley Goodrow, Adam Fox and Jonathan Quick have already been announced to join and bring their hockey talents to the ice for the cause.
They will also be joined by other NHL players such as Trevor Zeglas of the Anaheim Ducks, Kevin Shattenkirk of the Boston Bruins and Brett Pesche of the Carolina Hurricanes. The list includes Matt Moulson and Sonny Milano of the Washington Capitals, Spencer Knight of the Florida Panthers,
Peyton Krabs of the Buffalo Sabers, Phil Kemp of the Edmonton Oilers, John Haden of the Seattle Kraken, Pavel Dorofay of the Vegas Golden Knights, Matthew Bazal of the New York Islanders and more.
PHF player Taylor Martin of the Metropolitan Riveters and Emma Vlasic & Hannah Beatty of the Connecticut Whale will also participate and showcase their talents.
The excitement is heightened with legendary Martin St. Louis, current bench boss of the Montreal Canadiens, leading the showcase, guiding and motivating the players to give their best to a greater cause.
What is Shoulder Check?:
The story behind Shoulder Check is moving and inspiring. The initiative was born out of the tragic loss of a young hockey player named Hayden Thorsen, who wore number 40 on the ice. At just 16 years old, Hayden, who was a goaltender for the Junior Rangers of the Mid-Fairfield Youth Hockey Association, died in March 2022. His legacy lives on through Shoulder Check, an initiative that encourages young people to be there for their peers by actively connecting, reaching out, fostering social connections and ensuring no one feels alone.
So let’s root for the caring athletes on the ice, using their talents to promote a culture of support and camaraderie, as well as a love of the sport. Together, they shine a light on the power of small actions to help make the world a better place by checking one thing at a time.
Where to purchase tickets for the Shoulder Check Showcase:
You can buy tickets here. All proceeds will be donated to the HT40 Foundation.