Emergency personnel from Anoka County came together with Minnesota NHL alumni for a charity hockey game Feb. 1 at Coon Rapids Ice Center as part of Snowflake Days.
Members of the Coon Rapids Guns and Hoses and Rum River Lawmen hockey teams paired with former NHL players, including Brad Maxwell, Neal Broten, Paul Broten, Joe Dziedzic, Dave Jensen, Gord Hampson, Sean Toomey and Brian Bonin, to help raise money for the Heart Safe Coon Rapids and the Kevin Roche Memorial Hockey Fund.
Team yellow defeated team black 7-6 in a shoot-out. Team black rallied from a two-goal deficit late to tie the game with eight seconds left in regulation. A three-player shoot-out decided the game.
Already up 2-1, team yellow goalie Nick Stolarczyk, who is also a Legacy Christian Academy graduate and current junior varsity assistant coach, stopped Dallas Star and Minnesota hockey legend Paul Broten to end the game.
Fans helped raise more than $2,600 dollars to be divided by the two causes. Heart Safe Coon Rapids was able to purchase and donate its first AED through the new grant program.
The alumni signed autographs after the game and threw autographed memorabilia to the announced crowd of 400 people between periods.
After the game, many fans joined in a pizza buffet where a live auction of game-used gear helped raise even more money.
As a result, the alumni association and the emergency personnel donated a Lifepak 500 (AED) to Lyke’s ACR Boxing Gym in Coon Rapids. A second AED is planned to be donated to Coon Rapids nonprofit Nucleus Clinic.
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