DENVER — What started as a joke by a Colorado Avalanche player has turned into a serious fundraiser for charity.
It all started when Avs forward Nazem Kadri scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final before Nathan MacKinnon had left the ice during a shift change.
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper thought the officials should have called a too many men on the ice penalty, but they didn't and the goal counted. Cooper was so upset over the situation that he cut his postgame press conference short.
The day after the game, Kadri's wife reached out to Avalanche fan and family friend Adrienne Ruth and asked if she could make a "Too Many Men" t-shirt to commemorate the controversial non-call.
Kadri ended up wearing the shirt at the Avalanche's championship parade on Thursday, June 30. The shirt was an instant sensation, and Ruth and the Kadri family worked quickly to make the design available for purchase.
By Thursday night, the shirts were up for sale on everythinghockey.com. Ruth said half of the proceeds would benefit the Canada-based Nazem Kadri Foundation, which calls itself "a proud supporter of local Canadian charities" that "strives to give back to the community by raising awareness and funding to aid important causes."
Sunday night, Ruth told 9NEWS the shirts had raised $47,000 (American) for charity.
And that is nothing to laugh about.
This article draws on previous reporting by 9NEWS' Angela Case.
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