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NHL stars look forward to Operation Hat Trick

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As the area continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy, a roster of NHL all stars is coming together to do their part in the relief effort.

NHL players will be taking to the ice Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall to participate in Operation Hat trick, a charity hockey game to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims.

Players from teams in areas hit hardest by Sandy will be well represented with several current and former Rangers, Devils and Flyers jumping at the chance to participate.

"Things like this take a life of their own and that's basically what happened with this, it grew and grew and grew as more guys jumped aboard," said former Flyer Todd Fedoruk.

"When I got the phone call it was yes right away because we believe we're all here to do something special and we're excited about it," said New Jersey Devil David Clarkson.

Proceeds from the almost sold out event will go to the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, the Empire Relief Fund of New York and the American Red Cross.

While players may be frustrated with the current NHL lockout, they are happy to have the opportunity to help.

"Obviously we're disappointed and frustrated by what's going on with the CBA," said Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning. "But I think all of us here today and participating this weekend are very excited about the opportunity to help a great cause."

In addition to money raised from ticket sales, fans will have the opportunity to purchase the jerseys worn by players with proceeds going to Sandy relief. Also rock and roll legend Sammy Hagar has pledged 1,000 dollars for every goal scored.

"This is what its about. Its about helping these families and its about helping and giving to these families affected by what has happened," said Fedoruk.

And while the game is all for a good cause, the quality of the game will not suffer as players plan to give it their all.

"Obviously when the games close sometimes it gets a little competitive out there but I think its all  in good fun. We're going to really enjoy it tomorrow," said Montreal Canadien P.K. Subban.

The puck drops at Operation Hat Trick on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

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