11/01/2012 18:26 EDT | Updated 01/01/2013 05:12 EST

NHL players to head North for charity games

A former NHLer plans to bring locked-out players to the North to play a few games for charity.

John Chabot says about 22 players will join him in just over two weeks for games in Yellowknife and possibly Hay River, Inuvik, Whitehorse and Dawson City.

"We're trying to make a good thing out of a bad situation." said Chabot.

The games will raise money for Chabot's charity, First Assist, a sports and education-based program aimed at First Nations children from the North ages 11 to 13.

Chabot said it's also an opportunity to give the hockey players something to look forward to during the lockout.

"North of 60, there's a lot of areas these guys haven't been,” he said. “We're trying to open up their world a little bit through charities and through helping a good cause."

Chabot expects tickets for the games will cost between $30 and $50.

He said Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Neil, Peter Regin, Chris Phillips, Zack Smith of the Ottawa Senators are among those who have expressed interest in the games.