WORCESTER, Mass. – On Saturday, Dec. 10, the Holy Cross men's hockey program raised $7,400 for the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund (MSLF) at its game versus Army. The fund provides educational assistance grants to the children of Massachusetts service members who were killed while deployed on Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Go here to visit the fund's official website.
"I think it is always great to raise money for a great cause and to get people excited about helping out," said Holy Cross head men's hockey coach Paul Pearl. "Anyone who was at the game and saw the ceremonial puck drop realized how important this fund is to the families off fallen soldiers. It was an honor for us to help the families that benefit from this fund."
The team wore a special edition camouflage jersey to show its support. A limited amount of special edition Holy Cross hockey camouflage t-shirts were also available for purchase. The Crusaders raised a total of $7,400 for the fund, with the auction of the jerseys throughout the game raising $6,400 and the t-shirts bringing in an additional $1,000.
Before the game there was a ceremonial puck drop that honored the family of fallen soldier Marine Captain Kyle Van De Giesen who died while on a mission in Afghanistan. Van De Giesen was from North Attleborough, Mass. Also taking part in the ceremony was Submarine Warfare Officer Lieutenant Austin Rasbach, who is a member of the Holy Cross Naval Science Department, along with the founder of the fund, Peter Trovato.
There were 26 game jerseys available to bid on during the silent auction with a minimum bid of $150.00 for each jersey. The jersey numbers that were available in the auction were #1, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #10, #11, #12, #14, #15, #17, #19, #20, #21, #23, #24, #26, #27, #28, #29, #30, #33, #35 and #44.