Philadelphia Flyers centers Kevin Hayes and Pittsburgh Penguins centers Brian Boyle are involved in a raffle that will award two tickets to Sunday’s April 24 game between the interstate rivals at the Wells Fargo Center.
Additionally, the winner will receive signed jerseys from Hayes and Boyle, get to keep the playing sticks used by both players, and meet with both players after the game.
Airfare and hotel costs will be paid for the winner and one guest as part of the prize.
Proceeds from the contest will go to The 11 Fund, an organization created to honor the legacy of Kevin’s older brother, Jimmy, a former NHL player. Fund 11 helps children with tuition assistance and scholarships.
Jimmy Hayes, 31, died suddenly on August 23, and his brother Kevin and close friend Boyle are donating their time and equipment to help create the experience for two fans. Hayes said his brother’s sole purpose was to make those around him feel important and happy – and he jumped in to help others in need, especially children.
Entrants have until April 3 to purchase tickets, and the winner will be announced on April 11.
For more information, visit this link on alltroo.com.
The raffles are sponsored by Alltroo, which was co-founded by Jason Zucker of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Alltroo is a new online lottery platform created to help charities.
Hayes returned to the Philadelphia Flyers roster on Saturday after missing 16 games with a groin infection. He got an assist and helped Philly defeat the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3.
Young Hayes, 29, called his brother his best friend and said he’s been following his brother “as far back as I can remember, and I wouldn’t want it any other way”.
The brothers were teammates at Boston College for one season, 2010-11.
“You lit up every room you walked in with your smile and positive attitude,” Hayes said on Instagram after his brother’s death. “Everyone wanted to be around Jim, the big, goofy, horrible dancer, the funny, genuine, kindest person around. I will never forget the moments we shared or the memories we made, and I know I will do my best to ensure your legacy lives on.