Charity hockey game planned at Coon Rapids ice center

Members of the Coon Rapids police and fire departments will face off at the Coon Rapids Ice Center against a high school hockey team.

When the Guns & Hoses team meets the Legacy Christian Academy Lions Sunday, May 20 at noon, it’s for a good cause.

The purpose of the game is to raise money for the Anoka County Brotherhood Council (ACBC) Food Shelf.

Admission to the event will be a donation of a non-perishable food item to the food shelf.

Coon Rapids Police Officer Bryan Platz is organizing the charity hockey game, along with his nephew, Luke Stauffeneker, who plays on the Legacy Christian Academy varsity hockey team.

According to Platz, this is a class project for Stauffeneker, who is a junior at the school.

“When we were talking about the project, I asked him what his passion was and Luke said hockey,” Platz said.

It was at that point that Platz decided to contact his colleagues in the police and fire departments to revive the Guns & Hoses team which had played charity hockey games in the past, he said.

“But that was 12 years ago,” Platz said.

According to Platz, the entire school at Legacy Christian is involved in promoting the charity game and collecting food.

“We hope it will teach a life lesson along the way,” Platz said.

Donation boxes for the project have been set up at both Cub Foods stores in Coon Rapids as well as the Coon Rapids Police Department and at the city’s three fire stations, he said.

Earlier this week, Platz collected 200 pounds of food from the Riverdale and Northdale Cub stores, he said.

The Guns & Hoses team will have one celebrity player, possibly two.

Former Blaine High School, St. Cloud State University and National Hockey League (NHL) player Mike Pudlick, now an Anoka County deputy sheriff, “is set to lace them up with us,” Platz said.

“We may also have a current NHL player lace up the skates for the cause, assuming his team gets eliminated from the playoffs in time,” he said.

Referees for the game will be Coon Rapids City Council member Bruce Sanders and a representative from Legacy Christian Academy “to ensure fairness both ways,” according to Platz.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]