Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer gets it.
He understands why so many hockey fans are so upset that the game they love is being held hostage with $3.3 billion in annual revenue held as ransom.
He knows that while the NHL owners and players are squabbling over percentages, real people are dealing with issues far greater.
Brouwer knows this because he is one of those professional athletes who is first in line when it comes to hospital visits and volunteering at charity events
On Friday night, Brouwer laced up his skates and played a charity hockey games with a bunch of former Blackhawks teammates, man of whom won a Stanley Cup together in 2010.
For what it’s worth, Brouwer’s Team Chicago lost to Team World in a shootout by a 16-15 score. And while it might have been a game abhorred by defensive-minded NHL coaches, it drew close to 15,000 fans and raised $323,500 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.
“We’re going through a tough time [with the lockout],” Brouwer told CSNChicago.com, “but … it’s pretty miniscule compared to what some people are going through. That’s what we were trying to raise money for. To get all the old guys back was fun. To do it for a good cause was even better.”
Speaking of good causes, Caps forward Matt Hendricks was doing his part Sunday night in Minneosta, where he joined Zach Parise and a handful of other NHL players in a game to benefit the families of U.S. military members. As we noted in a recent story about Navy Seal Bo Reichnbach, Hendricks is a strong supporter of the military.