On April 21, the Prudential Center will play host to the third annual WFAN/Boomer & Carton Mikey Strong “23” Charity Hockey Game. The game will be raising funds for the Nichols Family Trust and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Proceeds from the game will go to these funds.
The game is named for Mike Nichols, a Monroe High School hockey player “who sustained a spinal cord injury” on January 4, 2014.
According to NewJerseyDevils.com/MikeyStrong, from where you can purchase tickets, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is “dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.”
Involved will be WFAN personality and former New York Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason and his radio partner Craig Carton as well as former NHL stars. From the Rangers will be ex-players Tom Laidlaw, Tie Domi and Brad Richards; from the Islanders will be goaltender Rick DiPietro and from the Devils will be Ken Daneyko.
According to the site, general admission tickets are $20 and are on sale right now. Doors will open for the 7:30 PM game at 6:30 PM. In addition to a great evening of hockey for a good cause, all fans in attendance will receive a ticket voucher from the Devils good for two free tickets to a game during the upcoming 2017-18 season and the first 5,000 fans to arrive will receive a ticket voucher from the New York Yankees good for two tickets to a 2017 game. Restrictions on the vouchers do apply, so I would advise checking the Devils’ site for information on that.
If you want to give but cannot attend the game, or if you wish to give more than the face value of the tickets, you can do so at NewJerseyDevils.com/MikeyStrong. They have a link on the site to Mike Nichols’ page at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s website. All donations made there will go to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and the Nichols Family Trust.
This should be a great event to benefit a pair of great charities. Mike Nichols was a New Jersey high school hockey player who was given a terrible blow in life, but he has been working hard to overcome his injuries and is giving back while doing so. Good luck to all involved and I hope they raise a lot of funds for the charities.