Watch NHL hockey stars face-off in Fairfield County

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Marty St. Louis shines at a previous Big Assist. — Steven Buono photo

Some of hockey’s biggest stars come to Fairfield County again this summer for the Big Assist VII to benefit the Obie Harrington-Howes Foundation. And if you can’t make it to the ice on Wednesday, you can watch the game live on the HAN Network.

Current NHL, AHL European pros and Division I college players come to Terry Conners Rink in Stamford for the annual exhibition hockey game, hosted by Darien native Ryan Shannon, a Stanley Cup champion with the Anaheim Ducks, who now plays for the Zurich Lions.

On Wednesday, there will be a link posted on DarienTimes.com to watch the game live. You can also listen to the live play-by-play on HANRadio.com or find HAN Radio on the Tune-In mobile app to listen on your phone or tablet.

Read more about the history of the Big Assist

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Darien native Ryan Shannon, a Stanley Cup champion, is one of the founders of the Big Assist annual hockey exhibition. — Steven Buono photo

Among the players slated to join Shannon on the ice are Mark Arcobello of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Kevin Shattenkirk of the St. Louis Blues, Matt Moulson of the Buffalo Sabres, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings, Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers, Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Andrew Miller of the Edmonton Oilers, Jaime Sifers of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Kevin Sullivan of Strasbourg, among others.

Since 2009, the Big Assist has raised more than $250,000 to support the Obie Harrington-Howes Foundation, which is dedicated to maintaining and improving quality of life by providing grants to individuals with spinal cord injuries. Harrington-Howes was Ryan Shannon’s first hockey coach. He suffered a spinal cord injury while bodysurfing in 1997. The Foundation was established in his name to help others with these catastrophic injuries.

Tickets may be purchased online at ohhf.org, in Darien at the Barrett Bookstore, Bodytuning and Blueline Sports at the Darien Ice Rink, or at the following retail locations: Fairfield County Bank in Rowayton.

For more information, please contact: Pat Shannon at 203-249-5691 or[email protected]; or Candy Wheelock at 203-656-3051 or[email protected].

The HAN Network is part of Hersam Acorn, which owns and operates 13 newspapers and many more news and lifestyle websites in southwestern Connecticut and Westchester, N.Y., along with HANRadio.com, the voice of Hersam Acorn, which features live news, sports and entertainment throughout the year. Much of HAN’s daily news and sports programming is broadcast live on video. You can watch the videos or check out the daily schedule at HANRadio.com/livestream.

Marty St. Louis hits the ice at Big Assist III, while at right he’s lining up with Jaime Sifers , Ryan Shannon and Glen Anderson, as Obie Harrington-Howes drops the puck on Big Assist II. The annual hockey exhibition moved to Stamford’s Terry Conners Rink in 2010. — Steven Buono photo

Marty St. Louis hits the ice at Big Assist III, while at right he’s lining up with Jaime Sifers , Ryan Shannon and Glen Anderson, as Obie Harrington-Howes drops the puck on Big Assist II. The annual hockey exhibition moved to Stamford’s Terry Conners Rink in 2010. — Steven Buono photo

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