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Red Wings’ Alumni Raise Over $100,000 for Charity

December 22nd, 2012 at 1:01 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Joe Kocur and his former Detroit Red Wings teammates had hoped to raise at least $100,000 for the family of a police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

The Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association along with the Joe Kocur Foundation for Children teamed up with the Heroes in Blue, a group of local police officers, for a charity game at Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Michigan and raised more than $120,000 for the Patrick O'Rourke family trust.

Patrick O'Rourke was a West Bloomfield Police Officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty September 9.

Kocur presented a check for over $100,000 to O'Rourke's widow, Amy, and an additional $21,000 was raised through an auction of game worn jerseys by former Red Wings.

"It was the perfect storm for us." Kocur said. "We had an absolutely stunning lineup….and we had a tragedy that we all rallied around to help a family in need. Hopefully we can give them a better Christmas."

When Kocur heard about the O'Rourke family, he turned to former teammates Darren McCarty, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, and Chris Osgood to play. They all agreed.

The Wings would beat the Blue 9-6.

Osgood said he had not been on the ice much since he retired, but the rust didn't show at first, as he held the Blue scoreless for the first 20 minutes before giving up a goal at 23:17 of the first of two 30-minute periods.

"Sick in the first 20 minutes," Osgood said. "Brought back memories of the last game I played and then I hit the wall. The legs were done, the wind was done, could barely hold my head up and my arms. It was pure survival after that."

The Blue had cut the deficit to 4-3 by intermission after trailing 4-0.

Kocur scored the first goal of the game unassisted. It was reminiscent of the unassisted goal he scored against the Washington Capitals in the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals.

There was also a father-son moment on one of the goals scored, as one of Chris Chelios's goals was assisted by his son, Jake, a former Michigan State defenseman.

“I think it has been awhile since we played together and I don’t think we’ve ever played D together." Chris Chelios said. "That was great, in front of 4,000, a full house. I know he was excited.”

Tags: Chris Chelios, Chris Osgood, Darren McCarty, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, Joe Kocur, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, NHL

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