Credit: Matthew Jansen
I wanted to take the time to acknowledge that the month of August is pretty awful for hockey. I received a brief reprieve from the off season by going to the Fedorin Cup charity game. An annual charity event supporting the fight against cancer. This year was the 16th time the Fedorin Cup has been held. The charity was made in honor of Eric Fedorin a Californian hockey player who was diagnosed with brain cancer. Many of the Ducks players are involved with the game and offer to play. Notable attendees this year included players from the current Ducks team Teemu Selanne, Emerson Etem, Luca Sbisa, Bryan Allen, and slated to make a rookie debut Hampus Lindholm. Former Ducks players included Todd Marchant, Sean Pronger, Kyle Calder, and Jeff Friesen. Another current NHL player Jonathan Blum was a part of the event. Even a Red Wings prospect, Mitch Callahan was in attendance, he was announced with the news of the Grand Rapids Griffins winning the Calder Cup. Among the current and former NHL players were many amateur hockey players or those with ties to someone lost in the fight with cancer or local business owners and donors who bid in a certain donation to be able to play in the game.
Along with the amount the charity earns from ticket sales were the multiple silent auctions, the money from which would also be part of the charity proceeds. There were also multiple other booths selling Ducks inspired gear that once again went towards the charity events. The tickets had a VIP option that would also include a dinner and casino night. The tickets were incredibly well priced only $20 for general admission and the level of excitement in the game was well worth it. The event takes place at Anaheim Ice and you are also supporting a charity aimed at helping those with cancer, so if you didn’t make it out then you should try and make it out next year.
You can find a full list of all players to ever be a part of the Fedorin Cup on Athletic Sports Fund of America’s website. Important notes about the game include that Emerson Etem and Teemu Selanne were paired together. There are rumors of them being on the same line for the upcoming season. Rob Laurie was also wearing a matte black mask much like Hiller’s helmet 3 years ago. Important note about Laurie, if you remember the emergency back up for the game against the Dallas Stars on April 5th, he was the goaltender the Ducks signed to have a back-up until Bobkov arrived. Emerson Etem was also wearing a GoPro camera on his head for the 3rd period and his shootout attempt. Be on the lookout for the Anaheim Ducks media team to release that footage. The shootout at the end of the game showcased some of the talent of the players. Emerson Etem scored a wonderful shootout goal skating in backwards. Selanne pulled off his patented speed in and stop to score on a shootout, like he had done on Marty Turco.
Hampus Lindholm also scored on a wonderful backhand move through the five hole in the shootout. Also the action in the game really wasn’t indicative of their NHL play seeing as Bryan Allen had a few assists in the game. This was the first time seeing Lindholm in action, he appears to be a strong skater, but since it was a charity non-contact game there is not much to analyze about his play. I feel that fans will have a better idea of what type of players our rookies are with the SoCal Futures game tonight.
I had even tried my hand at live tweeting the event, I thought I was pretty successful using #FedorinCup. I will be doing the same for the SoCal Futures game tonight using #SoCalFutures.
Got a little bit of insight today about why Nic Kerdiles and William Karlsson are not attending the rookie camp.
Nic Kerdiles being in the NCAA has a restriction so was unable to attend rookie camp.
While Karlsson was actually in Sweden, he would be training camp or offseason training with his SEL team HV71 of Elitserien.