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.
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"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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