During Veteran's Day Weekend in November, a member of the Mite Major Team, Nicholas Bishop, helped get the 1st Annual Veteran's Day Weekend Holiday Classic between the New England Eagles Veterans Hockey Club and the Boston Firefighters Hockey Club under way. Nicholas was named the honorary captain of the Eagles Team, represented his grandfather, who was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He helped with warm-ups, then dropped the puck to start it off. This tournament was a special occasion because it is helping bring awareness to the Skate for the 22 Foundation.
From the Skate for the 22 Foundation website:
"The Skate for the 22 Foundation and the New England Eagles Veterans’ Hockey Club were born out of frustration, heart brake and a need for change. It started as an idea by US Army/Air Force Veteran Robert “Bobby” Colliton. Bobby had already lost 3 close friends to the unseen wounds of war. In a small locker room, at a hockey rink just outside Boston, the idea came to him. This was his place. This was where nothing else mattered; this was where everything seemed right. Bobby had just left the military after 15 years of service and had moved to Boston for a new start. He wanted to help his fellow veterans. His dream was to turn his love of ice hockey and use it to help a cause. He wanted to start a team that could make a difference. The hockey team would consist of veterans that would skate to help their own. He approached the founder of the MA Hockey League for help. He was soon put in touch with Dan “Wes” Wesinger and everything seemed to fall into place from there. Wes is a born and raised Boston native, a fellow US Army combat veteran, and a person who has devoted his life to his passion, the sport of hockey. The two became fast friends, and Wes accepted Bobby’s request for help. Wes quickly used his contacts throughout the greater Boston Hockey network, and the dream became a reality. From a bar stool in Lexington, Massachusetts the Eagles were born. The fight to end Veteran suicide had begun."
Great job Bobby and great job Nick!
For more information on the Skate for the 22 Foundation, please go to:
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