Gaudreau among players at Checking For Charity tournament | NHL … –

VOORHEES, N.J. — A number of NHL players were among the 52 teams that started the 2017 Checking For Charity tournament at Flyers Skate Zone on Friday.

Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, and Carolina Hurricanes forward Justin Williams were three of the NHL players taking part.

The tournament runs through Sunday, with games also being played at Flyers Skate Zone in Pennsauken and the Igloo Ice Rink in Mount Laurel.

“It’s a special weekend,” said Gaudreau, who was born in Salem, New Jersey, about 40 miles south of Skate Zone. “I’ve been playing with the same buddies, eight or nine of them on my team, for four or five years now at this tournament. It’s always special to help out charities and be part of this weekend.”

Gaudreau played for Team Hollydell with Gostisbehere, Flyers forward Mike Vecchione, New York Rangers defensemen Anthony DeAngelo, and Vancouver Canucks goaltending prospect Thatcher Demko. Their team was raising money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Williams and New York Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg were on Team Ebo Strong, which was raising money for the Ebo Strong Foundation, which supports families dealing with pediatric cancer.

“You can see guys around the League doing things for different charities, different foundations,” Gaudreau said. “I started with this six, seven years ago, and there was 20, 30 teams. Now it’s picking up more NHL guys, helping charities out, and it’s a great cause and a great weekend to be part of.”

Also on the team was Gaudreau’s younger brother, Matt Gaudreau, 22, who will play this season for Bridgeport, the New York Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate.

“Got to play one season with him at Boston College,” Johnny, 23, said. “We’re really close, we’re only 16 months apart. We don’t

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