NHL players battle for PartyPoker.com Charity Faceoff title

The biggest names in the NHL compete to score a win for goodwill at the Charity Faceoff poker tournament, airing on TSN next week.

The seven-part, 60-minute series is sponsored by PartyPoker.com and premieres in high definition television on the sports network Dec. 16.

The Texas Hold'em event includes 16 NHL players battling at the felt - rather than in the rink - for a charity prize pot of $100,000.

The athletes include top goalie Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, former Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Tie Domi and current blueliner Bryan McCabe, as well as tough guys Georges Laraque of the Phoenix Coyotes and the L.A. Kings' Sean Avery.

Avery's girlfriend - former "24" actress Elisha Cuthbert - will host the event with sports-broadcasting personalities Blake Price and Russ Anber.

The early episodes of the made-for-TV tournament feature four poker tables of four players. The top two at each table move on to the semi-final and championship rounds. The Charity Faceoff was filmed in August in Montreal prior to this season's training camp.

Event organizers promise poker and hockey fans a "unique off-ice look at the players and their personalities."

The tournament also guarantees the winner of the championship final $20,000 for the charity of his choice, while $10,000 will go to the second-place winner's charity. All other competitors receive $5,000 for their cause.

The series will air on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from Dec. 16-30 on TSN.

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