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Sundance: Hollywood and hockey stars hit the ice for a good cause (video)

Published January 23, 2012 7:56 am

Fundraiser • Annual game at Sundance raises money to send foster kids to college.
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Park City • Sunday's most impressive lineup of stars in Park City wasn't in a theater — it was on the ice. It was a mixture of Hollywood and hockey at the annual Luc Robitaille's Celebrity Shoot Out.

"As a celebrity, you're blessed to have people pay attention to you when you promote a good cause," said Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. "And I love ice hockey, man. I've been playing 17 years, and any chance I have to get on the ice I take it."

Hollywood was represented by actors like David Henrie, Michael Vartan and Michael Rosenbaum. Robitaille's hockey pals included Glen Murray, Rob Blake, Derek Armstrong, Anson Carter and Adam Foote.

And the lineup included sportscaster Linda Cohn and Olympic speedskater Allison Baver.

"It's a great place to be on Sundance weekend," said Alan Thicke, who, at 64, was the game's most experienced player.

"Experience is one word for it, yes," he said with a laugh. "I have sacrificed teeth and blood. I've paid my dues, and I'm still having a ball."

Not that anybody lost teeth on Sunday. The game itself didn't matter at all. It was just fun for a good cause — Echoes of Hope, the charity founded by Robitaille and his wife, Stacia, to benefit foster kids who want to go to college.

"We're real happy that we get an opportunity to help kids," said Robitaille, the former NHL star. "When foster kids turn 18, they usually are given a small check and, basically, 'Good luck. You're on your own.' We work with the kids who want to go to college. The success rate for those kids is just above 1 percent to see it though college because they just don't have any support. So we support them through it all."

And that's what brought stars like Andie MacDowell to Utah for the event. She returned for the fourth consecutive year as a celebrity/honorary coach.

"I pretend to know what I'm doing and I scream a lot," she said. "I do it for fun. It's great because of the organization, but I don't really know very much about hockey."

And it brings out Utah stars like Treat Williams, who's lived in the area for the past 10 years.

"Luc is a great guy and it's a great charity," he said. "I had a film here the last two years at Sundance, and if I don't have a film I try to help out friends of mine with their charities."