Watch NHL hockey stars face-off in Fairfield County

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 to watch the game live. You can also listen to the live play-by-play on 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

Among the players slated to join Shannon on the ice are Mark Arcobello of the Torotno Maple Leafs, Kevin Shattenkirk of the St. Louis Blues, Matt Moulson of the Buffalo Sabers, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings, Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers, Cam Atkinson and Jaime Sifers of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Andrew Miller of the Edmonton Oilers, 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, 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; or Candy Wheelock at 203-656-3051 or

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