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On January 2, the Los Angeles Kings held a charity game, “Face-Off for Hope,” to benefit City of Hope. It took place at the Staples Center immediately after the Kings-Washington Capitals game.

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales and service fees was donated to City of Hope, a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Lakers forward Ron Artest was named an honorary coach. Professional hockey players Luc Robitaille, Jeremy Roenick, Russ Courtnall, Craig Johnson, Jamie Storr, Daryl Evans, Ian Turnbull, Brad Norton, Jamie Kompon, J.F. Jomphe, and John Blue participated in the game, as well as commentators Marty McSorley and Jim Fox. Actors David Boreanaz, Shaun Sipos, Michael Vartan and Cuba Gooding Jr. played, as did director Jason Reitman and E! Entertainment’s Ken Baker.

Robitaille said, “Raising awarness and support for City of Hope is the reason why we are all coming together. We hope our fans enjoy this event while helping to raise funds and awareness for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.”

The charity game kicked off “Month of Hope.” The Kings will spend the entire month of January supporting City of Hope.

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