On the third of August, Logan Couture alerted me to the fact that three different Avalanche players would be competing in his charity game in Lucan, Canada. He tweeted “#Avalanche fans should come to Lucan August 11 for my charity game. @JamieMcGinn11 Ryan Wilson and Ryan O’Reilly will all play.”
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend. (Gas money from Colorado to Canada gets a bit expensive, and no one else wanted to come and split with me.) Luckily, we got several tweets about the event from O’Reilly, McGinn, and Couture.
Yesterday started off with Jamie McGinn tweeting “Starting to stretch for the big charity game in Lucan today. @LoganCouture and @RyanOReilly_90 with myself tucked on leftWing? #timewilltell”. How cool would a McGinn-O’Reilly-Couture line be? That line could score about 70 goals a season. While I love the line of McGinn-Stastny-Jones, I can see McGinn work well with O’Reilly too. Afterall, they are roommates.
O’Reilly tweeted before the game too, saying “Big charity match tonight in old Lucan. It will be nice to snap it around with @JamieMcGinn11 and Ryan Wilson #greatlads #headsuplondy”. I’m pretty sure that O’Reilly and Landeskog have the best hashtags in hockey. Great lads? Heads up Londy? Alright.
Jamie McGinn ended the night with two tweets (#lucan doing it big!!! Congrats to my boy @LoganCouture on getting his number #77 retired in the Lucan arena #tipurhats) and “Hello #London show us something.. @Ryan_OReilly90″. O’Reilly retweeted his demand that London, Ontario show them something. Sounds like they were getting ready for a good night out with the boys.
Apparently the two teams (Team Irish versus Team Lucan)* played a very fun offensive game, as the final score ended up being 7-6 Team Lucan. It seems fitting that Couture’s team won, as it was his event. Here is his tweet to end the night.
“So proud of what was accomplished tonight in Lucan. Too many ppl to thank. @NHLPA all the players and of course the fans. Thank you all!”
Overall, it’s good to see that players continuing to be involved in charity work through the offseason, and to see how players from across the NHL are willing to help each other out in their individual endeavors.
*I have a feeling that Logan Couture let
his soulmate Jamie McGinn come up with the name “Team Irish”. And that O’Reilly was definitely on this team. It’s nuts how proud these hockey players are of their Irish heritage.