Guns vs. Hoses: police and fire play hockey for charity

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Wed., Mar. 23, 2011
A member of the police team practices before Guns vs Hoses charity hockey event at the XL Center March 19. Photos by Frances Taylor.
A member of the police team practices before Guns vs Hoses charity hockey event at the XL Center March 19. Photos by Frances Taylor.

It was police officers versus firefighters - police in white and firefighters in red – on the ice at the XL Center in Hartford. The first ever Guns vs. Hoses charity event March 19 featured police from several towns playing against members of the East Hartford Firefighters Union 1548.

The charity hockey event raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. About 500 friends and family members came out to cheer the teams and raise money for charity.

Excited fans held up signs and shouted “Go Daddy!” as the players raced after the puck and slid across the ice. Amy Connor, of South Windsor, brought her 21 month old daughter Mackenzie to watch her dad play hockey. Her husband, Shawn Connor, is a judicial marshal who also coaches hockey. “Its really fun,’’ Connor said.

Nicole Toolan was watching her husband, Brian, an avid hockey player and a member of the urban search and rescue unit for the state Department of Homeland Security. “It’s great to get everyone together for fun and to raise money,’’ she said.

Police members of the hockey team came from West Hartford, Farmington, Middletown, Manchester, Hartford, Newington, Clinton, Wethersfield and Rocky Hill police departments.

Tim George, a member of the East Hartford Fire Department, coordinated the event. “There have been other charity hockey games across the state, but this is the first police vs. firefighter’s charity game at the Connecticut Whale,’’ George said.

The chance to skate on the ice at the XL Center added to the enjoyment of the event, said George, who has skated for 35 of his 41 years.

“Just being on the XL Center ice is not something you get to do every day,’’ he said.

The event was so successful that the CT Whale has approved the idea to make the charity hockey game an annual event, George said. The game took place before Providence Bruins and the Connecticut Whale game, and raised more than $5,300 for the muscular dystrophy association.

East Hartford players included Justin Wagner, Mike Tedone, Robert June, Thomas Mehl, Kevin Wall, Brian Jennes, Aaron LaPointe, Shawn Kinkade, Jesse Peters, Dominic Pascucci, Brian Toolan, Kevin Gentile and Judd Marshall.

In the end, the East Hartford firefighters were outskated by the police team. The police won 7-1.

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