Charity contest attracts Penguins

JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Tomahawks announced on Thursday that the inaugural Johnstown Tomahawks Charity Classic has secured several big names – among them Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury, Matt Cooke and Brooks Orpik – for Wednesday night’s game to benefit the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation-Haiti and the Johnstown Tomahawks Foundation.

The charity game will take place 7 p.m. at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena and feature National Hockey League and Tomahawks players.

NHL players Jordan Staal, Pascal Dupuis, Chris Kunitz, Joe Vitale, Derek Engelland and Ben Lovejoy will join Fleury, Cooke and Dupuis in taking the ice with the Tomahawks. All proceeds will benefit the two foundations.

Tickets for the event will go on sale today at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the War Memorial Arena during regular operating hours (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.), calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, or using the Tomahawks new interactive seat map at All tickets are $25, with children 24 months and under admitted free. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Kids Foundation remains a catalyst for bringing together a diverse coalition of 200 youth workers, serving in churches and youth serving agencies, combining resources to better serve the children and youth of the greater Pittsburgh area.

For more than 15 years, the foundation has devoted its time to assisting Haitian orphans and the people of Haiti. Many NHL players have been active in the foundation, including Cooke, Vitale, and Staal, who made a trip there in August 2012.

The Johnstown Tomahawks Foundation was created to give back by contributing its unique resources and financial support to charitable organizations that serve the communities of Cambria County and the surrounding areas.

Led by a community board of directors and administered by the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies, the JTF works to develop a number of programs and partnerships that target those who need it most.