Martin Brodeur and Steven Stamkos will play for Philly on Saturday.
Operation Hat Trick, the charity hockey game set for Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, provided an updated roster Monday that includes Brodeur and Stamkos joining the “Philly Team.” Henrik Lundqvist and former NHL MVP Corey Perry are among those added to the “NY Team.”
Twenty-eight NHL players had signed up as of Monday, including team captains Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers and Brad Richards of the New York Rangers.
The event, which is sponsored by Caesars Atlantic City, will benefit the Empire State Relief Fund, the New Jersey Hurricane Relief Fund and the American Red Cross, aiding New York and New Jersey families affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The players are available due to the NHL lockout, which has wiped out all games through Nov. 30 this season so far.
Brodeur’s presence on the Philly Team might seem strange: He has spent all 19 seasons of his legendary career with the New Jersey Devils.
The Philly Team has five current Flyers and five more former Flyers, including Ventnor summer resident Justin Williams. Also, Brodeur is one of three Devils on the Philly Team.
The NY Team has eight current Rangers, plus one each from the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres.
Each team has one New Jersey native: Anaheim star Bobby Ryan (Cherry Hill) will play for the NY Team, and Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk (Middletown) will play for the Philly Team. Also, the Philly Team features Washington’s John Carlson, a Massachusetts native who attended St. Joseph High School in Metuchen.
Two of the game’s biggest stars are not directly connected to the area: Perry, the 2010-11 Hart Trophy winner as the NHL’s MVP, and Stamkos, the league’s goal-scoring leader two of the past three seasons.