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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Staal a late addition to 'Champs for Charity'

By Jesse Rogers

CHICAGO -- Final rosters for the "Champs for Charity" game benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Chicagoland were being finalized on Thursday as Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal was a late addition to the roster.

He’ll join others on the World team taking on current and former Chicago Blackhawks in an exhibition game to be played Friday night at Allstate Arena.

Forwards Ville Leino, Mike Brown, Antti Miettinen, Jared Boll, Bobby Ryan, Jamal Mayers, Gregory Campbell, Dan Carcillo, Shawn Thornton and Staal will team with defensemen Tom Gilbert, Alex Goligoski, Ryan Suter, Kimmo Timonen and goalie Niklas Backstrom for Team World.

For Chicago, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Andrew Ladd, Troy Brouwer, Adam Burish, Jake Dowell and Craig Adams are the forwards while Brian Campbell, James Wisniewski, Joe Corvo and Jim Vandemeer will man the blue-line. Park Ridge native Craig Anderson will be in net.

Honarary celebrity coaches are Jenny McCarthy (World) and former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster (Chicago).

Over 8,000 tickets have been sold for the event. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster. The game will not be televised or be broadcast on the radio.