Fans and businesses aren't the only ones suffering from the NHL lockout. Some charities are also being affected, as items such as hockey tickets or autographed sweaters and sticks, aren't available for fundraising auctions.
If you're seeking an antidote to your hockey withdrawal while contributing to a good cause at the same time, it's the Rio to the rescue.
The East Vancouver theatre (located at 1660 East Broadway) is presenting a Live Charity Hockey Event on Wednesday (December 12) at 7 p.m. (Tickets are $8 online or $12 at the door.)
The evening will be hosted by Patrick Maliha with comedians Charles Demers, Ian Boothby, Shaun Stewart, Amy Goodmurphy, Ryan Steele, and more serving up the laughs. Even the Hockey Gods' Don Berry (Jacques Lalonde) will make an appearance.
To top it all off, the live performances will be followed by a screening of the hockey comedy Goon. Seann William Scott stars as a bouncer who joins a minor-league hockey team as an enforcer. The film, directed by Michael Dowse (Fubar, It's All Gone Pete Tong), also stars Jay Baruchel, Eugene Levy, and Liev Schreiber, and recently made the cut for Canada's Top Ten films.
Partial proceeds from the event will go to Canuck Place Children's Hospice.