Boeser, Gaudreau, NHL stars join Brown for charity video game marathon

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J.T. Brown seen here celebrating a goal as a member of the Anaheim Ducks. Brown split the 2017-18 season with the Ducks and Lightning before signing with the Minnesota Wild as a free agent on July 1, 2018. (Chris Carlson/AP)

A handful of NHL stars are joining forces Friday night to raise money for charity…and they’re doing so by playing video games.

Minnesota Wild forward J.T. Brown is set to host a 24-hour Fortnite marathon, which will begin with a two-hour game featuring fellow NHLers Brock Boeser, Johnny Gaudreau, Zach Werenski, Vladislav Namestnikov, Nick Bonino, plus some fans from Twitter that won a spot in the game.

Brown, who split the 2017-18 season between the Ducks and Lightning before signing with his hometown Wild in free agency, will be using Twitch to live stream the marathon and collect donations with proceeds going towards the Hockey Is For Everyone initiative.

“I got partnered with Twitch to use that for a way to give back to charity and do something I love to do and pretty much have done my whole life and be able to do that as a platform to give back,” Brown told Pat Pickens of NHL.com. “It’s awesome that we can do that — play video games and donate the money.”

When he’s not at the rink or training, Brown can often be found gaming. The 28-year-old Burnsville, Minn., native began streaming his games a year ago but this day-long streaming session is something new.

“The 24-hour stream is a benchmark of streaming,” Brown explained. “That was something I always wanted to do. For my one-year mark I wanted to see how much I was able to raise for Hockey Is For Everyone.”

The marathon is set to begin at approximately 8 p.m. ET.

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