Charity hockey game boosts local food shelf

A charity hockey game at the Coon Rapids Ice Center May 20 collected 2,229 pounds of food for the Anoka County Brotherhood Council Food Shelf.

Luke Stauffeneker (left), a member of the Legacy Christian Academy hockey team, faces off against a player from the Guns & Hoses, which comprised members of the Coon Rapids police and fire departments, in a charity hockey game at the Coon Rapids Ice Center May 20.  Photo submitted

Luke Stauffeneker (left), a member of the Legacy Christian Academy hockey team, faces off against a player from the Guns & Hoses, which comprised members of the Coon Rapids police and fire departments, in a charity hockey game at the Coon Rapids Ice Center May 20. Photo submitted

The event pitted a team of Coon Rapids police officers and firefighters, which called themselves Guns & Hoses, against the Legacy Christian Academy Lions high school hockey team.

The charity food drive was organized by Coon Rapids Police Officer Bryan Platz and his nephew Luke Stauffeneker, a member of the Legacy Christian varsity hockey team.

People attending the game were asked to donate food at the door and collection sites were set up in the community, notably at the two Cub Foods stores in Coon Rapids, while Steve Szaflarski, owner of Coon Rapids Service Station on Coon Rapids Boulevard, offered $10 off any auto service with any donation of food at his shop, according to Platz.

Stauffeneker, a junior, promoted the event at Legacy Christian as part of a class project,

“The game was a huge success,” Platz said.

The food collected was enough for 1,700 meals, he said.

And the game itself ended in an 8-8 tie.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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