Area Stars Gather for Heritage Summer Classic

By KBJR News 1

July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 10:46 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Dozens of area hockey stars gathered on Tuesday night for the 2nd annual Heritage Summer Classic, including 18-year NHL veteran and two-time Stanley Cup champion in Cloquet, Minn. native Jamie Langenbrunner.

Duluth, Minn. natives Jack and Chris Connolly were also skating in the game, as were former NHL stars Norm Maciver and Derek Plante.

It was a night designed to raise money for the Ray Peterson Fund, which provides hockey equipment for underprivileged youth in the Northland.

"No one should be denied the opportunity to play hockey," said Plante, now an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD). "That's the game I grew up loving, and everyone should get that chance."

For the Connolly brothers, both of whom are playing professionally overseas, this year marked their second as part of the celebrity charity game.

"This year there were some guys playing who we looked up to when we were little," said Chris. "Any way we can give back and try to keep kids interested in hockey, we're happy to do that."

"It's always fun to be here in Duluth," said Jack. "It's a great hockey community and it's a great hockey town, so any time we can give back to the community we are happy to do it."

A final dollar amount as far as money raised has not yet been announced, but NNCNOW.com will update this story when that information becomes available.

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