The University of Georgia Hockey team skated to a 12-8 win over the Hockey Saves military team, but the the Ice Dawgs real victory was the support shown to the military from the events of the day. “Today was about giving an opportunity to a cross-section of men serving in our military to have a day playing the game they love,” UGA head coach John Hoos explained. “To have this venue, these fans, and our hockey program in a position to give this day to the heroes who protect our freedom and security, it is something special to be a part of.”
UGA Hockey recognized each member of the Hockey Saves team in opening ceremonies, and the first Ice Dawgs head coach, and Korean War veteran, Ron Hall provided the opening face off ceremony. Then at the first intermission the Ice Dawgs did something more – each spectator at the game who were veterans or active duty military were presented with a commemorative pin honoring our troops. UGA Hockey players presented the Hockey Saves players with pins on the ice. The pin ceremony was emceed by UGA Hockey staff and Army veteran Steven Mize.
And if that wasn’t enough, UGA Hockey gave the military team the jerseys off of their backs…literally. Hockey Saves lost their jerseys in a fire recently, so coach Hoos and the team decided to have the visiting military team wear their special commemorative camo Ice Dawgs jerseys. These jerseys were purchased by fans in a silent auction during the game. In combination with special t-shirts sold at the game and other raffle items and Hockey Saves merchandise, UGA Hockey raised several thousand dollars for the Hockey Saves program and the military.
Please support our military by thanking a veteran or active duty soldier on veterans day this Tuesday.