March 18, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 13

Players from BC and Massachusetts Hospital School Chariots mix it up in front of the net at last weekÝs benefit hockey game.

Students Take to the Ice for a Good Cause

A benefit sled hockey game held on March 9 in Conte Forum raised approximately $2,200 for the Massachusetts Hospital School's sled hockey team, the Chariots.

A squad of Connell School of Nursing students and members of the BC women's hockey team played the Chariots, comprised of wheelchair-bound young people ages 8 to 19. Sled hockey is similar to ice hockey except that players move on two-blade sleds and use two sticks, one with a spike and another with a blade. The idea for the benefit came from the BC nursing students working at the Massachusetts Hospital School, which provides medical, rehabilitation, recreation and educational services to children and young adults with disabilities.

In addition to raising much needed funds for the Chariots, the event was an opportunity for the Chariots players to interact with hockey champions. CSON graduate student Tara Mounsey, who earned a gold medal while playing for the 1998 and 2002 US Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, took pictures with the MHS students and showed them her medals. Kip St. Germaine, a gold medalist at the 2002 Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City and a member of the Boston Blades, played with the Chariots.

Members of BC's men's ice hockey team announced and refeered the game.

"The kids were in awe from the moment they arrived at BC," said Chariots Head Coach Trisha Devine. "The welcome sign on the Jumbotron was very special. At one point during the game I noticed one of our players was not moving his sled - he was too busy watching himself and his teammates on the Jumbotron!"

-Kathleen Sullivan

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