WMBD/WYZZ-TV - PEORIA, Ill. - The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks have always had a great rivalry on the ice.
Wednesday they'll be partners in the "Skate Strong" game at Carver Arena. The Blues alumni will play against the Blackhawks alumnin a charity hockey game to benefit tornado recovery in central Illinois.
Organizers are asking for each fan to donate ten dollars at the door and find a seat for the 7 p.m. game. Players will sign autographs and pose for photos after the game.
"First phone call I made, the Blackhawks alumni association said yes right away," explained Denis Cyr, who put the game together. "The second call, the St. Louis Blues alumni association said yes right away. The third was the Civic Center and they said that's a great idea, we'll do it."
Cyr, a former Blues and Blackhawks player, just wanted to find a way to help hockey fans in central Illinois who were effected by the Nov. 17 tornado which hit Pekin, East Peoria and Washington. Cyr, who now lives in Peoria, says he may play one period with each team.
For a list of the players committed to play, log onto www.skatestronghockeycom.