Penguins players win $50,000 for charity in Fortnite tournament


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Zach Aston-Reese. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

The NHLPA ran a charity gaming tournament called the NHLPA Open on Monday in which over 80 hockey players competed in the video game Fortnite.

The tournament was organized by the Avalanche's J.T. Compher and Leafs' Zach Hyman. Participating teams played in four games, and the top five teams based on the combined point totals from those games will divide and donate $200,000 to player-chosen charities. The tournament had 23 teams representing NHL teams, and five "wild card" teams, including a team of Swedish players and a team of women's players.

The Penguins' team in the tournament was Zach Aston-Reese, Bryan Rust, and Brian Dumoulin, with Aston-Reese serving as team captain.

Of the 28 teams, the Penguins' team finished in third place in the first match, second place in the second match, fourth place in the third match, and first place in the fourth match. They placed second overall in the tournament, falling just shy of the Blues team. The Jets' team finished in third place.

The Penguins players won $50,000 for the charity of their choice for their performance. They're still deciding on a charity, because as Dumoulin said, they weren't expecting to do so well.

"We just wanted to give it a good effort," Dumoulin said. "We felt like we had a team that could go deep but we weren't sure. We weren't counting our chickens before they hatched."

This was the full list of participating teams:

Anaheim: Troy Terry (C), Max Jones, Josh Manson

Arizona: Clayton Keller (C), Conor Garland, Nick Schmaltz

Boston: David Pastrnak (C), Jake DeBrusk, Charlie McAvoy

Calgary: Johnny Gaudreau (C), Buddy Robinson, Andrew Mangiapane

Carolina: Brett Pesce (C), Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen

Colorado: J.T. Compher (C), Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Nieto

Columbus: Zach Werenski (C), Emil Bemstrom, Eric Robinson

Dallas: Jason Dickinson (C), Anthony Louis, Josh Melnick

Detroit: Turner Elson (C), Adam Erne, Eric Tangradi

Edmonton: Kailer Yamamoto (C), Logan Day, Evan Bouchard

Florida: Dom Toninato (C), Joel Lowry, Mason Marchment

Los Angeles: Trevor Moore (C), Michael Amadio, Ben Hutton

Minnesota: J.T. Brown (C), Mat Robson, Victor Rask

Montreal: Ryan Poehling (C), Cale Fleury, Jake Evans

Long Island: Grant Hutton (C), Kieffer Bellows, Simon Holmstrom

Ottawa: Thomas Chabot (C), Nick Paul, Chris Tierney

Philadelphia: Travis Konecny (C), Joel Farabee, Connor Bunnaman

Pittsburgh: Zach Aston-Reese (C), Bryan Rust, Brian Dumoulin

St. Louis: Robert Thomas (C), Jordan Kyrou, Vince Dunn

Tampa Bay: Scott Wedgewood (C), Carter Verhaeghe, Barclay Goodrow

Toronto: Mitch Marner (C), Travis Dermott, Frederik Gauthier

Vegas: Alex Tuch (C), William Karlsson, Nate Schmidt

Winnipeg: Anthony Bitetto (C), Jack Roslovic, Connor Hellebuyck


Sweden: Alex Nylander (CHI - C), William Nylander (TOR), Adrian Kempe (LAK)

PB&J: Jayce Hawryluk (OTT - C), Joe Morrow, Jayson Megna (COL)

Bush Bandits: Cale Makar (COL - C), Matt Calvert (COL), Mario Ferraro (SJ)

Women's Hockey Trio: Abby Roque (C), Britta Curl, Genevieve Lacasse

The Griefers: Jake Walman (STL - C), Devante Smith-Pelly, Josh Ho-Sang (NYI)

The full tournament video can be seen on ESPN's Esports Twitch channel.

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