Joe Kocur - Steamboat Hockey ClassicHowelsen Ice Arena was host the 2nd Annual Steamboat Hockey Classic on March 27 and 28 — a benefit for Steamboat Springs youth hockey highlighted by an exhibition game between NHL greats from the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.

The event was followed by an exclusive benefit and silent auction featuring Todd Mohr of Big Head Todd and the Monsters at the Strings Music Pavilion, which will also served as a fundraiser for Steamboat Springs youth hockey.

“Our 2nd Annual event was a huge success this year,” co-organizer Kerry Shea said. “ we had even more NHL stars, as well as an amazing musical performance and silent auction, including one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia and VIP experience packages, to help raise funds for the program.”

Roster notables hitting the ice included Joe Kocur, Jiri Fischer, Dennis Hextall, Petr Klima and Eddie Mio of the Red Wings, and Jack O’Callahan, Reid Simpson, Peter Marsh, Phil Russell, Brian Noonan and Wayne Presley of the Blackhawks. All are more than willing to make a return visit to Ski Town USA.

“Last year’s event was great, with super hospitality,” said Presley, whose 14-year NHL career included stints with the Blackhawks, Sabres, Rangers and Maple Leafs. “We’re all definitely looking forward to this year’s game and visiting Steamboat again.”

The 3rd Annual Steamboat Hockey Classic will return to Steamboat Springs on March 18th and 19th, 2016.