Since 1931, every captain of the Leafs has played at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Dion Phaneuf probably didn't think he would continue the tradition under the circumstance of an NHL lockout, but these days idled players will take game action anywhere they can find it. Phaneuf and Toronto teammates Phil Kessel, John-Michael Liles and Mike Komisarek are among the preliminary lineup for the RBC Play Hockey Charity Challenge on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

It's at the elevated, renovated, rechristened Gardens, now the 2,600-seat Mattamy Recreation Centre at Ryerson University. Co-captains Steven Stamkos of the Lightning and the Canadiens' P.K. Subban will be compiling full rosters in the coming days for the 5-on-5, 60-minute game. Others scheduled to participate include ex-Leafs Kris Versteeg and Tomas Kaberle, as well as Logan Couture, James Neal and Niklas Kronwall.

The NHL Players Association and the title sponsor bank are charging a base fee of $25 and donating funds to grassroots hockey