NHL Lockout 2012: Operation Hat Trick raises at least $500K for Sandy relief

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The Operation Hat Trick charity game played last week in Atlantic City, N.J. raised at least $500,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief, with more to come from a jersey auction.

More than two dozen locked-out NHL players took part in the game at Boardwalk Hall. All of their game-worn jerseys are being auctioned off, so more money is expected to be raised for the American Red Cross, Empire State Relief Fund and NJ Hurricane Relief Fund.

“For us, we can only control what we can control. We’re just trying to do the right thing,” Washington Capitals defenseman and New Jersey native John Carlson said. “We’ve done a pretty good thing here. Maybe [the lockout is] a blessing in disguise, I guess, for one day to give so much back to all the people that are hurt and lost a lot of stuff.”

The game drew a sellout crowd of 10,792, who were getting a glimpse of hockey during the NHL lockout.

To bid on game-worn jerseys, including those of Carlson, Jeff Halpern, Henrik Lundqvist, Steven Stamkos, Martin Brodeur and others, click here. The auctions end Dec. 6.

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