Report: Thornton, Campbell to play in charity game

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Report: Thornton, Campbell to play in charity game

Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell were among a handful of Bruins players still skating locally and attempting to keep in shape while waiting for a breakthrough in the NHL lockout. The two Bs fourth liners will get into a little game action soon, however, as both Thornton and Campbell have signed on to play in a Champs for Charity hockey game organized by Adam Burish, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Thornton was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization before breaking into the NHL as an enforcer with the Anaheim Ducks, and has always held a special fondness for the Windy City. So theres no surprise that Thornton would sign on for a charity hockey game that includes former Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo, Nicklas Backstrom, Daniel Carcillo and Jamal Myers according to CSNChicago.com Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers.

The two teams will be coached by Chicago Cubs hurler Ryan Dempster and blonde bombshell Jenny McCarthy.

The former Blackhawks forward put together the idea for a charity hockey game in Chicago where he won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010, and got most of the 2010 Blackhawks along with other players around the league to participate in the event. Notable players from around the league playing in the Oct. 26 charity game include Bobby Ryan, Ryan Suter and Jack Johnson. The game will take place on Oct. 26 at AllState Arena and the proceeds from the game will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.

Thornton, Campbell, Johnny Boychuk, Daniel Paille and Milan Lucic are among the handful of Bs skaters still holding daily workout sessions at Boston rinks as players like Nathan Horton and Chris Kelly work out with groups in their respective homes of Florida and Ontario.

Bennett on Goodell: 'Where is he? He's like Waldo right now'

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Bennett on Goodell: 'Where is he? He's like Waldo right now'

FOXBORO -- Leave it to Martellus Bennett, the children's book author, to make a cartoon reference when asked about the lingering effects of Deflategate. 

Could hear the "Where's Roger?" chants that rang throughout Gillette Stadium on Sunday night, a reporter wondered? Bennett deflected at first. 

"Who's Roger," he asked? 

Then it was pointed out to him that the chants were directed to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who opted to attend the NFC title game in Atlanta -- his second trip to the Georgia Dome in as many weeks -- instead of the AFC title game between the Patriots and Steelers. 

"Oh yeah," Bennett said, his memory apparently jogged. "Where is he? He's like Waldo right now. He didn't want to come here."

Tom Brady was asked about the chants as well. He had to have heard them, a reporter noted. 

"I didn't hear that chant," Brady insisted. "I did hear them singing to Bon Jovi, though, that was pretty cool."

Awaiting the Patriots in Houston will be the Atlanta Falcons, obviously, but one side plot will be the potential for a face-to-face for Goodell and the Patriots.

In the past, Goodell has handed the Lombardi Trophy to the Super Bowl winner following the game -- a tradition one would expect would continue this year regardless of who wins. The commissioner has also awarded the game's MVP award to the honoree on the morning after the game. Following the Super Bowl two seasons ago, Brady and Goodell shared a stage as Brady accepted the MVP hardware.