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Massena plays Ogdensburg in Wounded Warrior Project benefit hockey game

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MASSENA - Today’s high school hockey game between Massena and Ogdensburg is about more than who has the most goals at the end of three periods.

It’s also about supporting the Wounded Warrior Project.

The game, which begins at 2 p.m. at the Massena Arena, will include a 50-50 raffle to support the Wounded Warrior Project - Warriors in Transition Unit from Fort Drum. Pledge cards are also available for $1 from any varsity hockey player or through your local VFW and American Legion posts. They are also available at the Massena Arena office and will be sold at today’s game.

A number of pledge cards already fill one wall in the Massena High School lobby.

“We’ve been able to sell a bunch of them, some at the Amvets, American Legion and VFW. It’s kind of important for me. We want to recognize local veterans also and have them take part in it,” Massena head coach Michael J. Trimboli said.

He said there will also be a sled hockey demonstration between the first and second periods. That has been coordinated through Mark J. McKenna of Mac Sports Ltd., Canton, a representative of the Wounded Warrior Project - Warriors in Transition Unit.

Mr. Trimboli said this will be the second year they’ve worked with Mr. McKenna to support the program.

“Last year I kind of established a partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project and varsity hockey. He (Mr. McKenna) is big into the disabled hockey program,” he said. “Last year a few of those guys (from Fort Drum) came over. They had a sled on display and talked to people.”

Some Fort Drum sled hockey players will again be on hand today, and those who attend the game will have an opportunity to meet the soldiers and see the sled hockey demonstration. Like last year, camouflage jerseys will replace the traditional home jersey for the Raiders players, according to Mr. Trimboli.

The money raised through the 50-50 raffle and sale of pledge cards will help with team travel and lodging expenses when they attend tournaments, as well as support the Wounded Warrior Project, he said.

“We have gone to tournaments in Albany, Syracuse and Pennsylvania. The money raised does go to the Wounded Warrior Project as well as our group locally,” he said.

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