MARLBOROUGH — On March 22, the Boston Bruins Alumni and West Point Hockey Alumni teams will partner with the Fisher House Boston for a charity hockey game at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough.
All proceeds will benefit the Fisher House Boston, a foundation which provides housing for military families while loved ones are being treated. This is the third year the Bruins Alumi team will support the non-profit through a hockey game.
Michelle Keating, president of Fisher House Boston, says that the event raised $20,000 in 2013, and $30,000 last year. This year, the goal is at least $50,000.
The goal “is to raise money for the military families to stay at the Fisher House or that need support, whether it’s transportation, food, hotel housing,” said Keating at a briefing at the rink
“But the bigger piece is the community being aware of how important it is to support our veterans when they come home.”
According to Fisher House Boston executive director Jennifer DeLuca, the foundation is the highest-rated military charity in the country, with 97 percent of all of the money raised going straight back to the cause.
Dale Kurtz, the president of the West Point Alumni Association for New England, is ecstatic to “support such a great organization. There’s a lot of hype about us being able to play against the Bruins, but our goal is to raise money to support the Fisher House and the great work that they do.”
One of those former Bruins, Rick Middleton, is no stranger to aiding causes. One of the captains of the Bruins Alumni team, ‘Nifty’ said the squad participates in more than 30 charity hockey games per year.
“There’s never an end to great causes and the Fisher House is another great cause,” said the former all-star right wing.
“It really tugs at your heart strings; they’re doing a great job for the military and it’s something different for us,” Middleton said.
And they won’t be playing against any scrubs. The West Point Alumni team is stock full of talent, half of them former captains, including Marlborough native Mike Landers, who captained Army in the mid-1990s.
His father Don, a New England Sports Center committee member, said this event will be “good for the city of Marlborough. To get a couple thousand people here, the Bruins here, a couple of Congressional Medal of Honor people here … it’s a good cause.”
Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant said “New England Sports Center always steps up and we always have some great tournaments here.”
“But this is a real special one, bringing West Point and the Bruins and the Fisher House together; they’re tremendous organizations.”
Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children, 12 and under. They are available for purchase at http://www.westpointaog.org/WPSofNewEngland-AlumniHockeyGame.
Doors will open at noon on March 22 and the puck is set to drop at 1 p.m.