Sunday, January 6, 2013

Tomahawks Charity Classic Tickets Sell Out in 7 Minutes

Press Release

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 foundations. 

“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.”

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