Luc Robitaille Hosts Inaugural LA Hockey Game for Charity

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Echoes of Hope holds the Luc Robitaille Celebrity Shootout at Toyota Sports Center
Echoes of Hope holds the Luc Robitaille Celebrity Shootout at Toyota Sports Center

Photo Credit: Adam Pantozzi for Echoes of Hope

After eight years at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, former NHL star and NHL Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille’s charity hockey match, the Luc Robitaille Celebrity Shootout, arrived in L.A. for the very first time over the weekend. 

The high-energy event brought together Hollywood celebrities and NHL greats to play a friendly game of hockey to benefit Echoes of Hope, a charity founded by Luc and Stacia Robitaille, which strives to inspire hope in the lives of at-risk and emancipated foster youth. The organization assists youth in their pursuit of independence, empowerment and a post-secondary education. In 2015, Echoes of Hope helped more than 700 emancipated foster youth in Los Angeles secure sustainable housing, gain full-time employment and complete their post-secondary education.

After a morning youth clinic attended by Alyssa Milano and her son Milo at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo on Sunday, stars including fellow NHL alumni Pierre Turgeon, Mike Donnelly, Sean O’Donnell, Chris Ferraro, Peter Ferraro, Craig Johnson and Jamie Storr. as well as Aja Naomi King (How to Get Away with Murder), Michael Vartan (Alias), David Boreanaz (Bones), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy & U.S. Men’s National Team alum), Taylor Dayne, Steven R. McQueen (Vampire Diaries, Chicago Fire), Isaiah Mustafa (Old Spice commercials), Lorenzo Henrie (Fear the Walking Dead) R5 and more gathered for the celebrity shootout game.

The game featured Team Echoes, which included actors Vartan, Henrie, his brother, David Henrie and Michael Rosenbaum, as well as NFL alumni John Kid, Donovan and NHL alumni such as Rob Blake, Donnelly, Jason Marshall and Peter and Chris Ferraro. Team Hope, helmed by Captain Robitaille, had an all-female coaching crew that included Stacia Robitaille, Taylor Dayne (who also sang the national anthem), R5’s Rydel Lynch and radio personality Lisa Fox. They provided support for players Steven R. McQueen, R5 brothers Rocky Lynch, Riker Lynch and Ross Lynch, who wore a GoPro during the game, their other brother, DJ Ryland Lynch, event veteran Boreanaz and the only female player, bronze-winning Olympic speed skater Allison Baver and NHL alumni Derek Armstrong, Craig Johnson, Jaime Storr and Pierre Turgeon.

The end result: when regulation play ended with the score tied, Isaiah Mustafa got the winning goal for his team in the shootout. How’s that for spicy? 

Isaiah Mustafa
Isaiah Mustafa

Photo Credit: Adam Pantozzi for Echoes of Hope

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