The Hobart College hockey team will raise funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) this Friday, Feb. 15, as it welcomes former Statesmen back for Alumni Weekend, and hosts Utica College for an ECAC West contest at 7 p.m.
The Hobart hockey team will wear camouflage uniforms featuring the WWP logo when it plays the Pioneers. The Statesmen will raffle off one of the special edition sweaters during the game, and will auction off the remainder of the uniforms at a later date. For information on the auction, visit the Hobart Hockey Helpers Web site, hockeyhelpers.org. Along with free admission, the first 300 fans will receive rally towels at the door. Donations will be accepted throughout the game to benefit the WWP, and HHH hats will be sold for $15. All proceeds will go to the WWP.
Prior to the contest, there will be a ceremonial puck drop featuring two local veterans of the Iraq war.
Junior defenseman Ryan Adler (Piscataway, N.J.) created HHH, a program that gives the Statesmen hockey team the opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community through various service projects. After establishing HHH, Adler went on to partner the program with the WWP, a non-profit organization that helps ease the transition of severely injured veterans back into civilian life.
For his charitable efforts, Adler has been selected as one of eight finalists nationwide for the Hockey Humanitarian Award. This award is presented annually to college hockey’s finest citizen, and spans all divisions. After interviewing the finalists, the committee will announce the 2008 recipient on April 11 at the Frozen Four in Denver, Colo.
The Statesmen will face off against the Pioneers again on Saturday at 4 p.m. Fans unable to make it to The Cooler this weekend can follow along with live stats, or listen to WHWS-FM (105.7) on Friday, and WEOS-FM (89.7, 90.3) on Saturday. Saturday’s broadcast on WEOS will also be available online.
Junior defenseman Ryan Adler appears in the photo.