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The National Hockey League just announced that the 2009 NHL Awards will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on June 18. But the bigger news is that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman also announced the League will be staging a celebrity/pro athlete charity poker tournament June 17.

"For years there has been a charitable component to the Awards program," said Bettman, “I am pleased to announce today that the NHL will team with and the NHL Players’ Association to present [the poker tournament] in connection with the 2009 NHL Awards.”

The “NHL Charity Shootout Presented by” event will include NHL stars, NHL alumni and celebrity guests playing ‘No Limit Texas Hold’em’ to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Las Vegas and the NHL Players Association’s Goals and Dreams charity. Players will also make donations to the charities of their choice. 

Fans can buy tickets for the 2009 Awards in Las Vegas at this website or at the Pearl Concert Theater Box Office inside the Palms Hotel. Ticket will grant fans unprecedented access, including a seat alongside the NHL stars, celebrities and other NHL VIPs. Plus, the same ticket will gain admittance to the NHL official after-party at the Rain nightclub.

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