Roger's stars raise roof

BRUCE GARRIOCH, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

The padlock was taken off the Corel Centre doors for the Big E last night. Eric Lindros, the free-agent centre and former Ranger and Flyer, was the only active player who led a strong lineup last night for the Esso 3-on-3 Classic, which was held in support of Roger's House -- a pediatric palliative care home being built at CHEO in honour of late Senators assistant coach Roger Neilson.

Lindros was joined on Roger's All-Stars by former NHLers John Vanbiesbrouck, Steve Larmer, Kris King, Greg Millen, Garry Galley and Brad Marsh to help out the fundraising cause.

Chad Schella, the Senators director of community and corporate affairs, said more than $400,000 has been raised during "Raise the Roof for Roger" week.

Well, they can add another $50,000 to that total, as 5,000 fans turned out to see the four alumni squads battle it out. The Senators alumni edged the Leafs alumni 4-3 in the final.

"As soon as they called, I accepted right away. I wasn't going to miss this," said Lindros. "Roger was a very a special man. He wasn't just a great coach, he was a kind and caring person who helped a lot of people.

"It's appropriate that a building like this is being built in this city. This is Canada's capital. You look at the great coaches in the game and Roger Neilson is definitely among them."

Schella said going into today's OutCare Foundation Celebration Telethon on CJOH -- and simulcast on Sportsnet and The Team 1200 -- from 3-7 p.m. that they're close to their goal of $3 million in funding.

"The support has just been terrific. I know that this is a difficult time, but people have just been terrific in helping support this cause," said Schella.

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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