By Stephen M. Silverman
September 30, 2002 12:00 PM

Actor-comedian Denis Leary was red hot Sunday night in Worcester, Mass., as he led a team of former Boston Bruins players and celebrities in a charity hockey game that raised more than $400,000 to go to the Worcester and New York City fire departments, the Associated Press reports.

Leary, 45, is originally from Worcester and lost a cousin who was one of six local firefighters killed in a 1999 warehouse blaze. On Sunday, Leary served as host of the third annual Celebrity Hat Trick, which pits celebrities such as actors Rick Moranis and Tim Robbins and Sen. John Kerry against such Bruins alumni as Phil Esposito, Reggie Lemelin and Rick Middleton.

Bobby Orr and Derek Sanderson coached the ex-Bruins, while Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler sang the national anthem and coached the Hollywood team.

“It’s really about the firemen, and what true heroes they are … guys who will go and risk their lives for people they never even met,” said Tyler, 54. “And anything we can do for the real, true, non-comic book heroes, I’m in.”

And all’s well that end’s well: The game, which nearly sold out all 15,000 seats of the Centrum Centre, finished in an 11-11 tie.