On July 14, 2010, the 2nd Annual Big Assist fundraiser was held at Terry Conners Rink in Stamford, CT. This year’s event was also a resounding success. Attendance doubled and Fairfield County hockey fans, young and old, were treated to an extravaganza of talent exhibited by the NHL, AHL, and current and former Division I/III college players. Among them were Darien Youth Hockey alums: Ryan Shannon of the Ottawa Senators and Stanley Cup Winner with the Anaheim Ducks, Jaime Sifers of the Atlanta Thrashers organization, and Hughie Jessiman of the Chicago Blackhawks organization. Most importantly, 100% of the proceeds from this event went to OHHF grantees.

The Owen Henderson-Howes Foundation wishes to thank Ryan Shannon and his father, Pat, for making The Big Assist possible for the second consecutive year. Bringing together some of the best players the sport of hockey has to offer, The Big Assist involves countless hours of preparation which Ryan and Pat so selflessly give. So, too, OHHF wishes to extend its thanks to those players, themselves, for it is their dedication of time and talent to charity that enables The Big Assist to be at all possible. Their commitment to making The Big Assist happen two years running is a testament to their support for Ryan and to their passion for “giving back” to the community.

OHHF would also like to acknowledge our sponsors whose financial support enables the presentation of The Big Assist.


Action Letter
Design Monsters
Terry Conners Rink
The Darien Ice Rink
BMW of Darien
Darien Youth Hockey
Darien Youth Lacrosse
Palmers Market
Darien Sport Shop
Maxim Mobility
Michael Joseph’s Fine Foods
The Boathouse at Smokey Joes
Blueline Hockey Academy
North American Hockey School
Connecticut Property Management
Ride-Away Handicap Equipment
Infinite DEsign & Green Rinks
The Atkinson Family
The Dellarusso Family
The Gabriel Family
The Garcia Family
The Goldmark Family
The Hollingsworth Family
The Mende Family
The Theall Family
The Baker Family
Pat Ryan
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Terry Conners Rink
Burton Nike
Oakley Gatorade
Nixon Watches
Whole Foods
Nelson DeMille

Roster of the 2010 Big Assist Players

Look Who’s Assisting
Player availability subject to change. — DYHA Alums in Bold
• Martin St Louis – Tampa Bay Lightning
• Glen Anderson – 18 Year NHL’er
Ryan Shannon – Ottawa Senators
Jaime Sifers – Minnesota Wild
Hugh Jessiman – Milwaukee Admirals
• James Van Riemsdyk – Phil Flyers
• Greg Moore – NY Rangers
• Matt Moulson – NY Islanders
• Nick Bonino – Anaheim Ducks
• Matt Lashoff – Tampa Bay Lightning
• Jimmy Howard – Detroit Red Wings
• Tony Romano – Bridgeport Sound Tigers
• Sean Hurley – Gwinnett Gladiators
• Ryan Hughes – Elite European Leagues
• Eric Lind – Elite European Leagues
Kevin Sullivan – Union College
• Steve Moses – UNH
• Brock Little – Yale
• Jack Downing – UNH
• Rich Dellarusso UVM – Alum
• Tom Atkinson – Boston College
• • Cam Atkinson – Boston College
• Ben Ketchum – Quinnipiac
• Ben Smith – Boston College
• Mike Paliotta – US National U-17 team
Bobby Sullivan – Colby College
• Ryan McKiernan – Drummondville
Steve Theall – Hamilton – Alum
• Ryan Haggerty – US National U-17 team
• Kevin Shattenkirk – Lake Erie Monsters


Column: The power of Owen, the strength of his friends
by Matt Norlander,
Published: 11:36 a.m., Friday, July 23, 2010

Stars Shine In Big Assist
by Greg Canuel07/15/10

‘The Big Assist:’ Hockey Stars Square off for a Cause Organizers hoped to raise some $40,000 for the Owen Henderson-Howes Foundation.
By Bob Birge | Email the author | 12:42am | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Shannon’s Big Assist a big success
Rich DePreta, Staff Writer | Published: 10:22 p.m., Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Ryan Shannon gives a 2nd Big Assist to his youth hockey coach
Rich DePreta, Staff Writer | Published: 10:17 p.m., Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Second annual ‘Big Assist’ hockey game at 7 p.m.
Written by Steven Buono Wednesday, 14 July 2010 13:08

‘Continuing to grow hockey in the area’ 2nd ‘Big Assist’ drops puck July 14
Written by Steven Buono |, Friday, 02 July 2010

Second annual Shannon-led ‘Big Assist’ exhibition hockey game at Terry Conners July 14, May 4, 2010
Read the news coverage of last year’s 2009 Big Assist!

‘The Big Assist’ a Big Hit in Darien
Monday, August , 2 By MSG Varsity
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2nd Annual Big Assist Charity Hockey Game
Sunday, August 1 By Larry Berger / Dan Exter / John Quirk
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2010 Big Assist

Photos in this video by Greg Raymond, Sports Photography