Plymouth Whalers Alumni Put on a Fun Show for Charity and Fans

Aug 16, 2014 - 19:00 EDT

Referee Perry Vellucci faced a dilemma at the end of the Plymouth Whalers Alumni game, played Saturday at Compuware Arena.

Although the game meant nothing - expect pride - the Blues held an 8-7 lead over the Whites in the final minute of play. The pace picked up considerably as the Whites pulled their goalie, searching for the equalizer.

As in other Plymouth Whalers Alumni games, Vellucci was looking for the game to be tied after regulation, causing a shootout to decide the issue and add a little more fun to an afternoon.  It's a tradition.

Sure enough, with the White moving into the Blue zone, there was a clock "malfunction."  The clock stopped several times over the final minute.

If a hockey game ever resembled soccer, today's game was a prime example as Vellucci tacked a few extra seconds on the clock to try to force the tie.

Try as he might, Vellucci could not force the tie and the Blues skated off with the victory.

"I was just trying to help things along," said Vellucci after the game with a smile.

ADDITIONAL COVERAGE: Tim Smith, Plymouth Observer and Eccentric

While Dallas Stars' center Tyler Seguin was one of the stars of the show with a couple of goals and many other opportunities, retired goaltender Bill Ruggiero brought his pads out of the basement and put on a great show.  

If Three Stars were awarded in this game, Ruggiero was one of them.

Ruggiero - who played for the Whalers in 1999-00 - played in the minor leagues for ten seasons before retiring in 2010 after a season with the Detroit Hitmen of the defunct All-American Hockey League. 

The game also featured active players David Legwand (Ottawa), Brett Bellemore (Carolina) and Stefan Noesen (Anaheim), who also scored a couple of goals for the Blues.  Matt Hackett (Buffalo) also appeared but did not play becuase of injury.

Kevin Holdridge (1996-99) was also prominent, scoring a goal and making several good defensive plays. Holdridge never played in the National Hockey League, but did play in the minor leagues from 2003-06, including a stint in professional hockey in Australia.  He has a degree from the Univeiryt of Michigan.

The game, billed “Whalers Alumni Give a Miracle on Ice," proceeds of the game in the form of a $10 donation –  go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Beaumont Children’s Hospital.

The alumni put on a great show, not only for the fans, but for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Beaumont Children’s Hospital.

Plymouth Whalers alumni contributing their time and effort in the game included Bill Ruggiero, Shaun Fisher, Jason Lawmaster, Kevin Holdridge, Stefan Noesen, John Vigilante, Myles McCauley, David Legwand, Mike Yovanic, James Livingston, Alex Aleardi, Rob McBride, Scott Wedgewood, Brett Bellemore, Andre Robichaud, Tyler Seguin, Dan Pawlaczyk, Joe Byrne, James Ramsay, Damian Surma, Mike Morrone, Robbie Czarnik, Chris Terry, Matt Hackett, Jamie Lalonde and Jared Newman.

Thank you, gentlemen.

Next up? Plymouth's training camp, starting August 26 at Compuware Arena.