Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf will be among many players that will take part in a charity game at the site of the old Maple Leaf Gardens on Wednesday. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency/Files)
TORONTO - The Maple Leafs will have quite a presence on Wednesday night when the Players Association and RBC stage a charity game for locked-out members and hockey-starved fans at the re-vamped Gardens.
Ten Leafs are on the tentative roster, as well as six former members of the blue and white, as well as many rank and file from the Greater Toronto Area. Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens will be the honourary captains of two teams, which will play a 5-on-5, 60-minute game at the 2,600-seat Mattamy Athletic Centre at Ryerson University. It's expected the $25 tickets, proceeds of which go to the NHLPA's Goals and Dreams Fund and the bank's grassroots' hockey initiatives, will be sold out, despite fan anger and apathy at the 93-day lockout.