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New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist and Mats Zuccarello will be hosting an outdoor charity hockey game at Oslo’s Ullevaal Stadium in Norway.

The New York Rangers two best friends are at it again. Henrik Lundqvist and Mats Zuccarello are hosting a charity event in an exciting hockey fashion.

This time, the two have gone over the top as they are hosting the Henke & Zucca Summer Classic 2018 at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo, Norway.

This event was which originally called “Zuccarello All-Star Game” for the past four years, has now been transformed to a much larger event.

The Summer Classic 2018 will now be host to 23,000 fans as the football (soccer here in the United States) field will be transformed into an outdoor hockey rink for a game on Aug. 11.

Zuccarello, an avid soccer fan, will get to play in front of his fans at the stadium, only on skates instead of wearing soccer cleats. Zucc will be playing alongside and against an impressive selection of players.

Lundqvist and Zuccarello will handpick pick their teams prior to the game. The players scheduled to appear in the game are;

  • Filip Forsberg, Mattias Ekholm, Kevin Fiala and Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators.
  •  Derick Brassard, Carl Hagelin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • Antti Raanta and Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes.
  • Victor Hedman and Ryan McDonagh of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
  • William Nylander and of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  • Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins.
  • Loui Eriksson of the Vancouver Canucks.
  • John Klingberg of The Dallas Stars.
  • Hampus Lindholm of the Anaheim Ducks.
  • Nino Niederreiter of the Minnesota Wild.
  • Alexander Wennberg of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • William Karlsson of the Vegas Golden Knights.
  • Peter Forsberg.
  • Daniel Alfredsson.
  • Mats Sundin
  • Nikolaj Ehlers of the Winnipeg Jets.
  • Artem Anisimov of the Chicago Blackhawks.

The rink is being shipped in from Germany and will be constructed in the middle of Ullevaal Stadium. The ice will be kept at the perfect temperature regardless of the warm summer weather.

The charities are supported through the Zuccarello Foundation, the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation, and the Right to Play organization which Zuccarello serves as an ambassador.

Right to Play

Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that works to improve children’s school conditions in developing countries, with a strong focus on learning and playing. Learning strengthens children’s opportunities for a better future and playfulness is used as a tool for professional, social and personal development.

Teachers use fun activities that focus on playfulness to help to make significant improvements in children’s everyday lives. Right To Play was founded in 2000 with its headquarters in Canada. Today they work in 16 countries throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. More about Right To Play can be found at

Zuccarello Foundation

The Zuccarello Foundation helps children and young people enter sports and other physical activities by bringing manpower and support to selected projects, enabling local enthusiasts, and cooperating with clubs so that they can engage more young people.

The foundation is Mats Zuccarello’s personal initiative, and he aims to use his standing as one of the world’s foremost athletes to help children and young people to experience the love of sports. The world of sports should be available to all, and his goal is as simple as it is ambitious; no child or young person in Norway should ever need to be left on the sidelines. More info on this foundation can be found at

Henrik Lundqvist Foundation

Henrik Lundqvist Foundation works for positive change in the lives of children and adults through education and health. The Foundation supports various measures that make life better for children and young people across the globe through charitable contributions.

Measures such as supporting child care centers, facilitating vulnerable families through Ronald McDonald children’s fund, construction of schools in developing countries, and helping children with disabilities. More information about the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation can be found at

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