Stars align for shootout
January 22, 2013
The Park City Ice Arena looked more like Hollywood than a hockey rink on Sunday afternoon when the sixth annual Luc Robitaille Celebrity Shootout came to town.
Stars like Robitaille, his wife Stacia, Michael Rosenbaum, Steven R. McQueen, Michael Vartan, Matisyahu and Allison Baver took the ice in front of a packed arena to raise money for Robitaille’s Echoes of Hope charity.
The event, which raised about $50,000 last year, was expected to raise even more money this year since Robitaille was able to bring the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup to the arena for pictures.
"It’s the greatest trophy in sports," he said. "To be able to share it with the people here in Utah I just thought it was the right thing to do."
Though the celebrities focus on raising money and putting on a good show for the fans, they manage to enjoy themselves in the process.
"It’s a lot of fun getting to play with the former NHL players," Rosenbaum said. "I’ve been playing hockey since I was 14. I always wanted to become a hockey player, but I became an actor."
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"It’s so much fun," Robitaille added. "It’s kind of neat that we have a following now and everyone sort of looks forward to this event."
Stacia Robitaille said the event is held at the perfect time each year, when the celebrities are able to attend.
"We started here because we have a home here," she said. "During Sundance, when the celebrities are already here, why not do something like this?"
Now in its sixth year, the event is gaining popularity and starting to draw some people back every year, Stacia Robitaille said.
"Every year, we can’t wait to get to this day," she said.
While the stars and former NHL greats have a good time on the ice, it all goes to providing money to Echoes of Hope, which helps at-risk and emancipated foster youth attain their dreams of higher education.
"Everything we raise goes directly back to these kids," she said.
"It’s a wonderful charity," Rosenbaum added. "It’s an honor to be a part of."