As the long-time home of various Law & Order series, Chelsea Piers is no stranger to lawyers, at the least the fictional kind. But last week, dozens of real-life attorneys took over the sports complex’s two ice rinks, not to ply their trade, but to lace up their skates in a charity hockey tournament to raise money for Ice Hockey in Harlem.
Conceived in 2008 by Ice Hockey in Harlem volunteer and board member Jason Crelinsten, the Lawyers’ Cup began as a game between top New York City law firms Proskauer Rose (where Crelinsten worked at the time; he has since left to become the chief compliance officer and deputy general counsel at Greylock Capital Management) and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Crelinsten, who grew up playing hockey in Canada, began volunteering for Ice Hockey in Harlem (at which I also volunteered in the early 2000s) after moving to New York.
“After being involved with Ice Hockey in Harlem as a coach for couple of years and attending some fund-raising events,” explained Crelinsten, “I thought about the charity hockey games that had been run with some success for various charities in Canada, and I thought it would be fun to do something similar in New York.”
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