Aug. 2—Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and will feature a Rising Stars ’06 Amateur game at 6 p.m.; and the Shoulder Check Showcase game featuring NHL players at 7:30 p.m.
The HT40 Foundation is named for Hayden Thorsen, using his initials and the No. 40 jersey he wore while playing ice hockey.
Thorsen, an avid hockey player, died by suicide in the spring of 2022, and his parents Rob and Sarah created the foundation to “bring people together through kindness and compassion, just as (Hayden) did throughout his life.”
The Showcase will feature a number of NHL players although the list has not been finalized.
Zegras’s father, Gary, is the vice-president of the Mid-Fairfield Youth Hockey Association, where Hayden Thorsen played, and is a founding partner of the HT40 Foundation.
The event will be hosted by Rangers’ broadcaster and Stanley Cup champion Dave Maloney.
According to a press release,, the Shoulder Check Initiative “encourages reaching out, checking in, and making kindness a contact sport in the locker rooms, in the halls, on and off the ice.”
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