Pat LaFontaine isn't sure if he'll be able to crawl out of bed Sunday morning. Come Monday, in fact, the Hockey Hall of Famer figures he'll still be too exhausted to attend the induction ceremony for this year's class.
The misery will be of LaFontaine's own doing. He'll be competing in an Ironman triathlon Saturday morning in Panama City, Fla.
LaFontaine eventually will recover from the grueling race, and the tireless philanthropist, through his Companions in Courage Foundation, has already planned the next sports event to help raise money for Women's and Children's Hospital.
LaFontaine, the Buffalo Sabres and the Sabres Alumni Association will hold a celebrity hockey game Dec. 4 in HSBC Arena to raise money for the installation of a state-of-the-art playroom sanctuary.
"The very special kids at Children's Hospital of Buffalo inspired me to do everything I've done to this day," said LaFontaine, who spent six seasons with the Sabres in the 1990s.
"We want to put on a good show and a good hockey game, but the most important thing is raising enough money to finish off this room so it can be a significant part of the hospital and the Buffalo community for years to come."
The game will feature several Hollywood stars and hockey legends. The complete list is still being formulated.
1980 U.S. Olympic goalie Jim Craig, comedian Denis Leary and "Hockey Night in Canada" broadcaster Ron MacLean have been scheduled to play with Gilbert Perreault, Craig Ramsay, Danny Gare and many other fan favorites.
The Sabres Alumni Association will use a portion of the proceeds to fund a Paul Smith's College scholarship for a local student, but most of the money raised -- tickets are on sale for $15 and $10 -- will be used to construct a Lion's Den, an interactive playroom where sick children can play and explore the latest computer technology.
"It's a space children can visit and not feel like they're in a hospital," LaFontaine said. "It's a real safe haven where children can escape to create art, video conference with family and friends and just be a kid again. Each child will have a kiosk that will allow them to come into the room alone.
A Lion's Den costs between $150,000 and $300,000, depending on the size.