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Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, 9:00 p.m.

The Ice Miners Youth Hockey Association is hosting a Celebrity Hockey Game at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at The Ice Mine in Leisenring.

The Ice Miners coaches and alumni will be playing the Pittsburgh Celebrity Hockey Team.

The game will feature Penguin alumni Bryan Trottier, Phil Bourque, Francois Leroux and Craig Patrick along with Pittsburgh sports personalities Tunch Ilkin, Kevin Colbert, Mike Prisuta, Larry Richert and Guy Junker. They will play three periods.

The coaches and alumni team includes Brett Basinger, Ray Brown, Brad Budjos, Nick Burkholder, Gino Crocetti, Mario Crocetti, Jeff Flleck, Calvin Harvey, Ryan Henderson, Tom Kinsey, Bill Perry and Ruth Ann Shal.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased at The Ice Mine at 5001 W. Crawford Ave. For more information, call 724-626-4ICE. Also, you can go to The Ice Mine's Facebook page to get information about all programs.

The facility reopened in 2010 with the help of The Scottdale Bank and Trust Company, along with local hockey families. The bank is the sponsor of this event. The facility is managed by Approach Advisors of Belle Vernon.

There are now teams of boys and girls, ages 4 through 19, called the Ice Miners, that are an amateur youth hockey league that play there.

The event at The Ice Mine is a fundraiser. Proceeds benefit the Ice Miners Youth Hockey Association. To watch a promo film taped and broadcast by Fox Sports, go to and click on “view the ice mine feature.”

Advance ticket prices are $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under and $2 for Ice Mine players. At the door that night tickets will be $10 for adults; $6 for children 12 and under and $3 for Ice Mine players.

Those who bring a canned good to the event get $1 off per ticket. The canned goods will be donated to Connellsville Community Ministries food pantry.

There will be snacks for sale and possibly auction items to help raise money.

“We will also have a puck toss as the 50/50. Patrons pay $5 to write their name on a puck and at the end of the first period we will throw the pucks and the name on the one closest to the center ice spot wins the 50/50,” said Thomas Kinsey, parent liaison and coach of The Ice Miners.

“The building is a great asset to the community and the reason the bank reopened it is because it's a safe haven for the kids. It is a great place for them to ice skate or roller skate with their friends. We believe in it and the Pittsburgh Celebrity Hockey Team is showing their support by coming here to allow us to hold this fundraiser,” Kinsey said.

The Ice Miners hold hockey sign-ups every Saturday through December and are one of a small number of rinks hosting the USA Hockey Try Hockey For Free program on Dec. 3.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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