Holy Cross hockey team honoring Mass. soldiers

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December 9, 2011, 6:38 pm
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(NECN: Melissa Toupin) - When the puck drops at the Heart Center in Worcester, Massachusetts on Saturday, the Holy Cross men’s hockey team will be playing for more than a win; they'll be raising money for the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund.

“We'll be wearing special edition camouflage jerseys and auctioning them off after the game,” said head coach Paul Pearl. “So it's a really good cause and we're really excited about it.”

Coach Pearl said the funds raised will provide educational assistance grants to the children of Massachusetts service members who were killed while deployed on operations during Iraqi Freedom.

The players say hosting the auction during their game against army is a fitting way to show their support for the cause.

“This shows us what these soldiers do isn't going unnoticed and this is our way to give back to them for what they've done for us,” said Kyle Atkins.

“A lot of times we over look privileges like playing hockey and living in this country. This puts what those guys do, fighting for us, in the forefront,” said Mark Williamson.

They may be playing for charity, but the team assured us the competition on the ice will remain high.

“Army is traditionally a rival. League points are on the line. We're going to come out and get points out of army tomorrow night,” said Ryan McGrath.

The players said they are looking forward to the atmosphere in the arena and to seeing who's jersey auctions off for the most money with bidding starts at $150.

Sophomore McGrath said the game has created quite the buzz in the locker room and hopes they raise enough funds to be worthy of the camo attire.

“These guys make the ultimate sacrifice and truly earn the right to wear the camouflage,” McGrath said. “So I'm proud to represent them, but feel I'm not deserving of it.”

Tags: holy cross, army, Melissa Toupin, Men's Hockey team, Masachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund
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