CCAC’s Hockey Tournament Goal is to Assist Operation Troop Appreciation

CCAC’s Hockey Team

By: Paula Green

Two hockey teams are joining forces for the benefit of a military program.  The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) North Campus Intercollegiate Ice Hockey Team is hosting their seventh annual benefit game at 7 p.m., on Dec. 6 at the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center.  These accomplished athletes will be facing-off against the Pittsburgh Celebrity Hockey Team.

According to CCAC’s North Campus, athletic director, Charles Bell, “We have a nice line-up of local Pittsburgh personalities that will be playing for the celebrity team.  They include – Brandon Hudson of WPXI, Mike Jax from WAMO Radio, Tab Douglas of Root Sports, and Paul Guggenheimer of WESA Radio will be the celebrity team’s goalie.”

“The teams will play two, 20-minute periods.  There will be no checking, it’s all for fun and all for a worthy cause.  One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the Pittsburgh-based military group Operation Troop Appreciation,” added Bell.

Operation Troop Appreciation is dedicated to the active and veteran members of our Armed Forces who serve and sacrifice for our country.  During the game, all military members will be recognized along with the student veterans of CCAC.  Local military dignitaries will be in attendance along with the U.S. Air Force Color Guard.

“The Quilts of Valor will be on hand and they will giveaway two of their military quilts. CCAC’s seamstress and student, Taylor Bronowicz has custom-made, patriotic pillows for the event as well.  A drawing will be held the night of the tournament, with lots of donated prizes that range from theatre tickets to Penguins items.  All guests in attendance will be given a complimentary Operation Troop Appreciation wristband” Bell said.

The CCAC hockey team will be wearing special red, white and blue jerseys for the game that was specially designed by Bell.  The jerseys may be purchased in adult and youth sizes for $50 from the CCAC North Campus Student Life office.  Tickets for the game may be purchased at the Student Life office as well.  They can also be purchased at the door, cost is $5.

CCAC’s Ice Hockey Team has previously raised funds for the Mario Lemieux Foundation, Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, Crisis Center North, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Best of the Batch Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes.

For more information, visit https://www.ccac.edu/CCAC-Ice-Hockey-Team-Benefit-Game/.