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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The "Frozen Flashback"

What do you get when you play a High School hockey championship game where the participants are all in their mid to late thirties? You get the "Frozen Flashback." In 1989, two private New Jersey high schools (St. Josephs & Delbarton) were set to play the State championship game when an outbreak of measles canceled the game. It would come to be known as "The greatest game never played." As the 20th anniversary came around last year, some of those players got thinking "why not play the game now and finally crown a champion?" The idea took off and turned into a fundraiser for the schools as well as some cancer charities (some of the players families had directly been affected by the disease). As an avid hockey fan and New Jersey resident I happily attended the game. It was a great event that got some major press. It was reported that the event raised over $200,000 for cancer charities. Charities benefiting included New Jersey based The Valerie Fund. Delbarton won the game 3-2 and now after 21 years there finally is a State champion. The players and the crowd enjoyed the game, and the Governor of New Jersey himself was there to present the winners their trophy.

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