Tonight, area hockey fans will get a chance to say goodbye to this year's hockey seniors and, in effect, to the sheet of ice at the Soldotna Sports Center for another year.
The Kenai Kings (over 35) Hockey Team will play against a team of seniors from area high schools Soldotna, Kenai, Nikiski and Skyview in a game at 7:30 p.m. today at the Soldotna Sports Center. Admission is $5.
The night also offers the Kings a chance to give away four $500 scholarships -- one each to a hockey senior from Kenai, Skyview, Soldotna and Nikiski. There also will be split the pot and a puck chuck.
"This night will be about recognizing the three legs of success you need to make a stool stand up -- athletics, academics and attitude," said Brian McIntosh, a player for the Kings and the organizer of the event.
The benefit game will be the last of the year for the Kings, as the ice will be taken out of the sports center on April 6.
"We'd like to make this an annual event," McIntosh said. "It gives the seniors something to look forward to, and it's something that's done specifically to benefit them."
Although the Kings have the best interest of the seniors at heart, all that will change when the teams hit the ice. The Kings played in one other benefit game this year -- an 18-5 loss to a group of NHL legends at the sports center in early November.
"It should have been mandated that all the young players attend that game," McIntosh said. "It showed Peter Puck can skate faster than anybody."
McIntosh thinks the outcome of this benefit game will be a little different.
"My guess is we'll beat those guys," he said.
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