Military hockey team back-checks shortness of funds

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Story by Pfc. Christopher Johns

Date: 02.01.2012
Posted: 02.01.2012 18:09
News ID: 83160
Military hockey team back-checks shortness of funds

SAN DIEGO – Almost 1,000 fans came to the San Diego Ice Arena to watch service members with the United States Military All-Stars play hockey against the San Diego Gulls alumni to raise funds for charities, Jan. 28.<br /> <br /> The funds raised at the game were donated to the Warrior Foundation and San Diego youth hockey.<br /> <br /> “I enjoy the fact that we get the chance to give back to the community,” said Daniel Raatz, a defenseman for the All-Stars and a West Allis, Wis., native. <br /> <br /> Raatz said he also enjoyed getting the chance to help the youth who play the same game he played as a child.<br /> <br /> Even though the goal of the game was to raise money for charity, both teams still played competitively to give the fans a good show. <br /> <br /> “I mean if you lose, you lose,” said Raatz. “The major thing is the fans enjoy it, they have a good time, and we’re able to raise money for charity.” <br /> <br /> The funds were split between youth hockey and the Warrior Foundation, an organization that works with active duty service members who are injured or suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.<br /> <br /> “I think it was hugely successful,” said Judy Sexton, a volunteer with the Warrior Foundation and a San Diego native. “The stands looked like they were overflowing, people were standing around the rink, and I think people had a really good time.” <br /> <br /> The final score of the game was 15-5, leaving the San Diego Gulls alumni the victors. Although the United States Military All-Stars lost, both teams contributed to making the charity game a major win.