Local Hockey Olympians to Play Exhibition Game VS. United States Warriors Ice Hockey Team
Game Slated for April 9th at Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
LOWELL, MA — Scott Fusco, a member of the United States 1984 and 1988 Olympic Hockey Team, will join with other local hockey Olympians to play the USA Warriors in an exhibition game on April 9th.
The game, which will face off at 7:30 PM, will be played at Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. Net proceeds of the event will go to One Fund Boston and the Travis Roy Foundation, as well as to the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program.
Headquartered in the Washington, DC area, the USA Warriors use ice hockey as a means for the physical and mental rehabilitation of combat-wounded and service-disabled military members and veterans. The program has two teams, one standing and one on sleds. The standing team will be the one that plays the local Olympians. The sled team will play an intrasquad scrimmage prior to the standing team’s game with the Olympians.
Men and women who have been wounded or seriously injured in defense of our country comprise the USA Warriors teams. The players use hockey as a tool to aid in their rehabilitation. By reintegrating these heroes into a team environment, the Warriors’ players work toward a common goal and gain confidence in their post-injury lives.
The Warriors are coming to Massachusetts for the American Heroes Hockey Challenge, a three-day event highlighted by the exhibition game against the Olympians. Also on the schedule are a tour of the TD Bank Garden given by the Bruins and a “Military Appreciation Night” at Edge Rink in Bedford, MA. The night is scheduled for April 8th. An audience of local Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, US Coast Guard and other area veterans and service organizations’ personnel will be on hand for games.
“Everyone knows about the challenges we overcame to take home the gold in 1980,” said Mike Eruzione, captain of the USA’s Gold-Medal winning Miracle on Ice team. “These men and women face even tougher challenges. They’re dealing with the effects of amputations, PTSD, loss of an eye, and other severe situations. Yet they don’t let these challenges get in the way of leading productive lives and helping others.”
“These teams need the money to help keep their program going and effective,” said former Boston University hockey player Travis Roy, who suffered a spinal cord injury in his first collegiate game. “Yet, they insisted on donating a significant portion of event proceeds to One Fund Boston, and the Travis Roy Foundation. That speaks to the character of the men and women who defend our Nation.”