3rd Celebrity Hat Trick on tap
Thursday, August 22, 2002

By Bronislaus B. Kush
Telegram & Gazette Staff


WORCESTER-- Actor and comedian Denis Leary will bring back the old gang this fall for another star-studded hockey extravaganza to benefit local fire departments.
The third annual Celebrity Hat Trick will take place Sept. 29 at Worcester Centrum Centre, with a number of Hollywood notables taking on a group of Boston Bruins alumni.


Mr. Leary, a Worcester native, organized the event after the deaths of six Worcester firefighters in the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse building blaze in December 1999.
One of the firefighters, Jeremiah M. Lucey, was Mr. Leary's cousin and boyhood chum.
To date, the Leary Firefighters Foundation, which oversees the hockey tournament, has raised $750,000 for a new training facility at Worcester's fire headquarters on Grove Street, as well as providing money for a self-contained breathing apparatus truck.
This year, organizers are hoping the hockey game will bring in an additional $400,000.
Mr. Leary outlined plans for the tourney at a press conference yesterday morning at the Central Division fire station downtown.
Mr. Leary, who entertained the crowd on hand with a number of one-liners, said the foundation has accomplished much but still has a long way to go.
He said the public got a better appreciation of firefighters as a result of the fatal Worcester fire and the tragic deaths of 343 New York City firefighters trying to rescue those trapped in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Sept. 11.