JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Johnstown
Tomahawks Director of Business Operations Jean Desrochers announced
that tickets for the Tomahawks Charity Classic, presented by Esmark and
Atlantic Broadband, sold out just 7 minutes after they went on sale
today at 10 a.m.
The game, benefiting Pittsburgh Kids Foundation-Haiti
and the Johnstown Tomahawks Foundation, will take place 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena and feature
National Hockey League and Tomahawks players.
NHL players Marc-Andre Fleury, Brooks
Orpik, Jordan Staal, Matt Cooke, Chris Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis, Joe
Vitale, Derek Engelland, and Ben Lovejoy will be among players taking
the ice with the Tomahawks. All proceeds will benefit the two
“We are absolutely thrilled by the response from our fans and from the
community,” said Desrochers. “They’re not just excited to see some of
their favorite National Hockey League players and their own Tomahawks
take the ice together right here in Johnstown, but also honored to
contribute to two great causes.”
Fans excited about the opportunity to witness this one-of-a-kind event
began lining up late Thursday night in anticipation of the sellout after
Cambria County War Memorial General Manager Tom Grenell offered to open
the doors to fans overnight. By 8 a.m., more than 300 fans were camped
out in the lobby. Grenell
said he wanted everyone’s experience to be a pleasant one and did not
want anyone to have to endure the cold outdoor temperatures.
All proceeds from the $25 tickets will benefit the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation-Haiti and the Johnstown Tomahawks Foundation.
“While we’re extremely excited about the community’s anticipation for
this game, we’re not entirely surprised,” said Desrochers. “This kind of
support is typical of Johnstown and surrounding areas: our fan base has
continually proven itself to care about helping others.”
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)