Jets’ Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck and forwards Kyle Connor and Andrew Copp will be participants at the charity game on August 26th, joining some of the NHL’s biggest and best American stars. Auston Matthews, Dylan Larkin, James van Riemsdyk, Zach Parise, Zach Werenski and Charlie McAvoy – among others – will be some of the feature skaters. Jeff Blashill, John Hynes, David Quinn and Tony Granato will serve as the coaches for the 2:00 P.M. game.
Before passing away at the age of 53 on January 21st, 2018, Johansson served as USA Hockey’s Assistant Executive Director and as the General Manager of the 2018 U.S. olympic men’s hockey team. Hockey USA has created the Jim Johansson legacy fund, and money raised at the charity game will go towards the Ellie Johansson College Fund for the help and assistance of Jim’s daughter and wife.
Puckdrop is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. local time on Sunday, August 26th, with a post-game player and coach meet and greet to follow shortly thereafter. In-person and online game-worn jersey auctions and day-long raffles featuring autographed gear and merchandise will also occur the the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.
The charity game will be Hellebuyck’s first since signing his monster six-year, $37 million contract with the Jets in the offseason. Kyle Connor and Andrew Copp each have one season remaining on their current deals. Jacob Trouba – who just signed a one-year contract with Winnipeg – is the only Michigan native on the current Jets’ roster to not participate in the charity event.