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College hockey: Washington Huskies to host non-profit military team

The Huskies will host a special preseason game with a team of current and former military servicemen.

Edited by Tiffany Villigan

Hockey time!
Hockey time!
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The University of Washington Huskies Hockey team will be hosting a special preseason game on Saturday, September 26, at Olympicview Arena when they take on players from Hockey Saves, Inc., featuring current and former service members of the military.

The 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable non-profit organization based in Franklin, Tennessee, began in 2013 at Fort Benning (Columbus), Georgia, where a few New Yorkers wanted to say ‘thank you' to members of the military by playing and hosting pick-up hockey games. Since then, Hockey Saves, Inc., has helped spread the game into military communities, even involving service members' families. Civilians have also come along to join in on some ice time. There are six chapters of Hockey Saves across the country, including a chapter based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (Tacoma).

This will be a historic night at the Mountlake Terrace rink. Admission to the game is free, and more information will be released in the upcoming weeks.  You can also find out more about Hockey Saves, Inc., by going to their website.

This will also be a good first look at the Huskies' 2015-2016 team as ten new recruits will be showcasing their skills and talent that night in preparation for the season opener the following week against the Washington State University Cougars, which will also take place at Olympicview.