Charity Hockey Game For Vets Saturday
Jake Judd | Jan 23, 2020 AT 7:47 pm
(KNSI) - A Central Minnesota renewable energy company is taking on a team of wounded veterans in a hockey game to raise money for a good cause.
Blattner Energy and the MN Warriors will face off on Saturday at 8:10 pm at Bernick's Arena in Sartell. Admission to the event is free; donations are welcomed. All proceeds will go the MN Warriors team.
Lee Stevens works for Blattner Energy but plays on the MN Warriors team. He'll be suiting up for Blattner team on Saturday and talked about how the Warriors team helps local vets.
"We use the game of hockey as a therapeutic modality to help some of these guys that carry scars from battle and use this game as a safety net where you get the camaraderie that you don't have anymore. It's something that was truly missed, and it's nice to be part of that again."
In the last 18 months, the team has grown from 14 players to 50 skaters, and he says there's room for more.
"There are veterans out there that would like to join us, need the support. You don't even need to have experience skating. We have guys at all different skill levels, but it's not about that. It's about the camaraderie getting together, supporting one and other, and having fun."
The team will be escorted to the rink by the Sartell police and fire departments at 7 pm for a welcoming celebration.
"It's a night of fun, a night of support, and we want to make sure we bring the community together to support our veterans."
This is the first time the Blattner team has played the MN Warriors, but they're hoping to make it an annual tradition.
The hockey game includes chuck-a-puck, an autographed Wild jersey, gift cards, and a lot of other items that will be given away at the game.
There will be a Sartell Youth Hockey Association Mite game played during the first intermission, and there will be chances to win a variety of hockey-related items and a portion of the chuck-a-puck pot thanks to the MN Warriors.
Minnesota Wild singer, John deCausemeaker will perform the national anthem.
This event wouldn't be possible without event sponsors, Cobb, Strecker, Dunphy & Zimmerman, Coldspring, RDO Equipment, Marco, and Trois-Rivieres Training.