Jeremy’s Game helps local fight against hunger
By Andrew Stoddard, Special to the Citizen 07/12/11
For the second Saturday in a row, SkateNation in Short Pump was alive with the sounds of hockey as Richmond Hockey Fights Cancer (RHFC) hosted the first annual Jeremy’s Game on June 25.
The game was dedicated to the life and memory of Jeremy Bannon, who died this past March at the age of 29 when he was struck by a vehicle in Chesterfield County. Bannon, who was described by his friends as a talented chef, worked at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and as a volunteer for several charitable organizations, including RHFC and the Laurel Boys and Girls Club.
“Jeremy loved to feed people, whether in a restaurant or in his own home,” said Dennis Bannon, Jeremy’s father and an RHFC member who participated in the game.
For a $5 admission fee, fans in attendance were treated to a thrilling hockey game pitting a white team and a green team that were both a mix of recreational and former professional players.
Among the participants in the game were members of RHFC as well as several former NHL players, most notably Gary Rissling, Peter Leboutillier and Yvon Labre, a fan favorite with the Washington Capitals in the 1970s who scored the NHL franchise’s first home goal.
While the white team won the game by the score of 11-4, the biggest winner of the afternoon was the Central Virginia Food Bank, which will receive all of the proceeds from the game.
“I couldn’t imagine a better way to honor Jeremy’s memory than to combine his passion for food with his love for hockey, while helping a vital organization like the Central Virginia Food Bank,” Bannon said in a statement.
In addition to the high-scoring three periods of hockey, various hockey souvenirs donated by the NHL were given away in a silent auction, such as a few signed Alex Ovechkin jerseys and a player card signed by Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Mike Smith.
Fans also were treated to a post-game autograph session with the former professional players as well as an opportunity to talk with Frank Cipra, the NHL’s premier hockey mask painter.
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