For the second year in a row, Coon Rapids Guns & Hoses takes the ice against the Legacy Lions.
The annual hockey face-off puts a team representing Coon Rapids Police and Fire departments against a team of varsity and junior varsity hockey players from Legacy Christian Academy in Andover.
The puck drops at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12 at the Coon Rapids Ice Center (11000 Crooked Lake Blvd.).
Admission is free, but donations of non-perishable food items are welcome. All donations go to help stock the shelves at the ACBC (Anoka County Brotherhood Council) food shelf located in Anoka.
“Last year the game raised over 2,200 pounds of food for the (ACBC) food shelf… The goal this year is 4,000 pounds of food,” said Bryan Platz, Coon Rapids Police officer and organizer of the event along with Gunnar Koski, assistant captain of the Legacy Lions varsity hockey team.
“Ringers” suiting up for Guns & Hoses include Anoka police officer and former University of Minnesota goalie Brent Solei and Anoka County Sheriff Deputy and former St. Cloud State University and professional hockey player Michael Pudlick.
“That’s not cheating because we are super old and rickety,” said Guns & Hoses team member Platz, assuring hockey fans of a fair and competitive May 12 match-up on the hockey rink.
ACBC food shelf fans (and those cheering for the Guns & Hoses or for the Legacy Lions) who are not able to attend the benefit game can bring non-perishable food items to any of these local businesses supporting the effort:
• Coon Rapids Cub Foods stores located at 2050 Northdale Blvd. N.W. and at 12900 Riverdale Drive N.W.
• All Anoka, Blaine and Coon Rapids Walgreens stores.
• Coon Rapids Service (2600 Coon Rapids Blvd.) which is offering $15 off any auto service with a donation of any non-perishable food item.
• Broadway Pizza in Coon Rapids (3420 129th Ave. N.W.) which is offering a Mothers Day special after the game in order to continue collecting food for the food shelf.
Cash and check donations made at any of these drop-off locations or at the May 12 game will also count toward the total, Platz said.
Checks should be made payable to ACBC food shelf, and if donations are made directly at the food shelf, it should be mentioned that the donation is made on behalf of Coon Rapids Guns & Hoses.
“This is a much-anticipated rematch between the Guns & Hoses and the Lions,” said Platz.
He encouraged fans of hockey and fans of feeding the hungry to come out and show their support.
Sue Austreng is at [email protected]