Wounded vets, contractors heat up the ice at hockey fundraiser

Contractors and military veterans from across Alaska teamed up to let off a little workplace stress on the ice in the first Contractors and Camo 3 on 3 hockey tournament held Jan. 6 at Subway Sports Center in Anchorage.

The tournament was a fundraiser for the Alaska Warriors Hockey Team, a group of veterans with any level of disability or injury who team up to play hockey. Challenge Alaska runs the program, and is a USA Disabled Hockey-sanctioned team.

Ten teams, each with at least seven players, participated in the all-day tournament. Every team played in four games and a playoff game, with one team taking home the glory at the end of the day. A total of 78 participants — 56 contractors and 22 Warriors — participated.

The top five teams were: Prestige World Wide, Mid Ice Crisis, Moose Nuggets, Flying Oosik and Just the Tip In. The event raised $5,200 to benefit the Alaska Warriors Hockey program.

The event proved popular. Jeff Dick, a therapeutic recreation coordinator with Challenge Alaska, said people at the tournament wanted to know how to register for the next one.

The tournament was no amateur shinny hockey game, either. The contractors who participated were all average to very good hockey players, Dick said, and the Warriors team had to work to keep up.

“Most of the contractors were very experienced players,” he said. And for the most part, the team members were all “very warm and good-spirited.”

To help or get involved, contact Kimberley@agcak.org.