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Donation Aids Brooklyn Youth Hockey League After Sandy Setback

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A youth hockey league that lost so much during Hurricane Sandy has received some help from a hockey legend.

Former New York Ranger Wayne Gretzky was on hand as TD Bank donated $15,000 to the Greater New York City Ice Hockey League in Coney Island.

That's half the money the league lost to floodwaters during the storm.

The funds will help replace skating gear, jerseys, the sound system and a skate sharpening machine.

"When you have a community everyone rallies around, my dad was always a big believer that if kids can participate in sports, it keeps them busy and teaches them a lot about life," Gretzky said.

About 250 kids from all over the city play in the league.

Their home is Abe Stark Arena, which was able to reopen about three weeks after the storm hit. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP