BOLINGBROOK – Former Chicago Blackhawk Éric Dazé stole the ice on Saturday, leading a team of celebrities to a 12-10 win over the “Old Stars.”
The game was part of a fundraiser put on by the Rocket Ice Arena’s Hockey Five-0 over-50 league to benefit Hockey On Your Block, a charitable organization in alliance with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Dubbed the “Hockey Has Heart” challenge, the fundraiser pitted the team of celebrities against all-stars – or “Old Stars” – from the Hockey Five-0 league, a league of about 60 players and four teams that play at the Bolingbrook ice rink.
It was the first year for the event, put on by Hockey Five-0 league administrator Don Bolger with the help of Rocket Ice Arena owner Ed Schroeder and others.
“We’re definitely bringing it back next year,” Bolger said. “Everyone had such a great time and it was successful.”
The event raised more than $2,000 for Hockey on Your Block, whose mission is to improve the social and academic well-being of at-risk children in the greater Chicago area.
In addition to Dazé, celebrity players included Rob Johnson of CBS2, Ravi Baichwal of ABC7, John Swanson, executive producer of The Eric and Kathy Show, and Mark Zander from 95.9 The River.
Dazé, a Blackhawk from 1994-2006, put on a show, Bolger said.
“There were a few times we were all watching him, missing line changes,” he said with a laugh.
Players had custom-made jerseys and socks for the event, thanks to sponsors DNS Snowplowing and Paint Master, Bolger added.