Login  /  Register  | 3 premium articles left before you must register.

Norwich firefighters, police to hit the ice

By Claire Bessette

Publication: The Day

Published February 21. 2014 4:00AM   Updated February 21. 2014 11:45PM
Departments to play benefit hockey game

Norwich - Police and firefighters often participate in friendly rivalry fundraisers, playing pick-up basketball, softball or physical fitness competitions.

But hockey is different. You have to know how to skate, hold and use a hockey stick and have someone willing and able to stand in front of the net and face shots.

Police Officer Ryan O'Connell has organized the city's first Guns vs. Hoses - borrowing a common name used across the country for police vs. firefighter events - hockey game Saturday to benefit local youth sports.

The game is at 7 p.m. at the Norwich Municipal Ice Rink.

Half of the proceeds will be split between Norwich Police Athletic League sports - which does not include hockey - and the Seahawks youth hockey program.

O'Connell said "a few guys" on the police department play hockey, as do several city firefighters. O'Connell, a center, has been playing since he was 4, growing up in Cranston, R.I. He played on Cranston youth hockey teams and for Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick.

There wouldn't be enough Norwich police or fire department players to field full teams, so each team recruited colleagues from across the state.

The police will feature players from the Connecticut State Police, Montville, Groton Town, and Hamden police departments and a goalie from South Windsor Police.

The fire department will bring in players from Middletown, Torrington and other departments across the state.

"We definitely have a group of some A-level players, and the fire department has some really good players," O'Connell said. "It should be an interesting hockey game."




Who: Norwich police and fire departments

What: Hockey game

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Norwich Municipal Ice Rink, 641 New London Turnpike, Norwich

Tickets: $7 for adults, free admission for children 12 and under. Tickets are available in advance at the rink or at the door.

What else: Proceeds benefit Norwich PAL and Seahawks youth hockey

Town News

Visit Zip06
Submit Your:  Submit Your News Submit Your Photos Submit Your Events
Most Recent Poll
A new study found that website comment trolls are often characterized by traits like narcissism and psychopathy. Some sites have shut down comment sections to avoid the negativity. What do you think of comment sections and the people who troll them?
Comment sections are for reader feedback, even if it's off-topic or inflammatory.
Trolling is a misuse of the comment section, which should add to content not distract from it.
Websites shutting down comment sections unfairly cut out the good comments with the bad ones.
Anyone who gets offended by anonymous posts are as over-invested in the comment section as the trolls who post in the first place.
I don't pay enough attention to the comments section to know about trolling.
Number of votes: 882

No current items found