BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Hockey Association is hosting the Boston Bruins Alumni for a benefit game against their own Brattleboro Greyhawks coaches and board members, this Sunday afternoon at Nelson Withington rink at Living Memorial Park.
"Come early," said Tom Bodett, co-president of (BHA) Brattleboro Hockey Association. "The puck is going to drop at 1 o’clock. It’s all for laughs and the fun of the game."
It won’t be all fun and games that day since the reason for the event is a pretty serious matter. The main purpose of Sunday’s event is to raise funds for area youth who want to get involved in the sport through scholarships and equipment rentals, and all proceeds will benefit the organization’s Youth Hockey Program for boys and girls age four to 14.
Former Bruins all-stars including Rick "Nifty" Middleton and Terry O’Reilly will be on hand and on skates during demonstrations.
"Guys like Middleton are amazing players," said Bodett. "When you look at some of these guys’ highlight reels you can see them out there breaking some heads. I know these Bruins will show us a little bit of their magic."
The game will feature two 25-minute periods, with a 20-minute break in between.
Greyhawks players who will be present include Rob Pattison, famed BHA Squirts coach. Radio personality Tim Johnson from WTSA-FM will sing the National Anthem prior to the event, and commentator Bill Holiday will be announcing the game live on-air.
Sounds like a good time for a good cause. One problem. Ticket sales have been, shall we say, frozen.
"We haven’t sold as many tickets as we had hoped," said Bodett. "I’m thinking a lot of people will pick them up at the door."
But Bodett said he doesn’t want people to wait until then.
Tickets are available in advance at brattleborohockey.org and there will be a limited amount of tickets available at the door. Adults $12, and kids under 12 are $6, and are also available at Burrows Specialized Sports on Main Street.
Bodett said a bulk of the fundraising comes from Brattleboro-area businesses and community members, but ticket sales help pay for the event itself.
Designated places where visitors can park include Memorial Park upper and lower lots, across the street at Winston Prouty Center, Creamery Bridge Lot (near Green Mtn. Chapel), and the Farmers’ Market parking lot. Guilford Street Extension will be closed. A shuttle will be running from Academy School to the rink for carpoolers.
Squirts get handed first loss
BRATTLEBORO -- The BHA Mites faced Amherst on Saturday. Evan Wright served as net minder for the Greyhawks. Sam Hall scored the lone goal for BHA on a Zdeno Chara-like writer shot from the point, and Kyle Hamilton and Ali Sherwani both played exceptional defense.
The BHA Squirt Hawks took it on the chin Sunday, suffering their first loss of the season, 7-2, against Franklin County. Gabe Heiden played a great game, scoring both the BHA goals in highlight reel fashion. Alex Palomba used his wheels and stick skills to create a number of other offensive chances, only to be denied by the Franklin County goalie.
The defense for the Hawks was tested throughout the game as Franklin County used their speed and passing to create a number of very strong scoring opportunities. Torin Kindopp was a shining light on defense for the Hawks as he used his speed to break up multiple rushes by the Warriors.
The loss leaves the Squirts with a 7-1-1 record on the season and plenty of motivation to regroup and have a great week at practice before their next game versus Holy Name Green this coming Saturday.
In Pee Wee East Action, the locals fell in two home games to Ludlow, 8-2, and Amherst, 10-5. Calvin Stebbins and Aubrey Goodband lit the lamp versus Ludlow. Goals from Max Albright, Ryan Gerard and a Joe Koes hat trick accounted for the scoring against Amherst.