NEW YORK (WFAN) — The fourth annual Mikey Strong Charity Hockey Game to benefit spinal cord research and quality-of-life initiatives will take place March 2 at the Prudential Center in Newark.
The event featuring NHL alumni is named for Mikey Nichols, who suffered a C-5 fracture during a game for Monroe High School (N.J.) in January 2014. Proceeds from the benefit will go to the Nichols Family Trust to provide for Nichols’ medical needs as well as to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injuries by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis. The presenting sponsor, M&M’s, is also returning for a second year to help raise awareness for Nichols and his work to elevate the needs of the paralysis community.
Mikey Strong tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.
WFAN, the New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center are teaming up to host the event. Some of the former NHL players scheduled to appear in the game include Bruce Driver, Brian Mullen, Alex Kovalev and Rick DiPietro.
General admission tickets cost $23 in honor of Nichols’ jersey number and are on sale now, with corporate sponsorship packages also available. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the game will begin at 7:30 p.m. All attendees will receive a ticket voucher from the Devils, and the first 5,000 attendees to arrive on game day will receive a voucher from the New York Yankees for two complimentary tickets to select games during the 2018 season.
In 2015, the inaugural charity game at the Ice World Sports Complex in Middletown, New Jersey, raised more than $57,000, and the 2016 game raised over $60,000 to benefit the Nichols Family Trust and the Reeve Foundation. When the Prudential Center offered a new home for the all-star game in 2017, the goal was to increase ticket sales. Last year, the event raised over $100,000.
For more information on the fourth annual Mike Nichols Charity Hockey Game, please visit www.ChristopherReeve.org/hockey.