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Hall of Fame Game tonight

Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2004

The Peninsula Micmacs will take to the Soldotna Sports Center ice tonight at 7 to face the Strawberry Lakers in the annual Memorial Hall of Fame Game, a hockey contest played to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association.

The rosters for each team will be stocked with some of the top players ever to don a sweater and lace up the skates on the peninsula. Brian Gabriel Sr. and Todd Duwe, both longtime coaches on the peninsula, will handle bench boss duties.

Proceeds from the game will go to a fund used to help defray the costs of participating in hockey for young players that might need some financial help. Admission is $10 for families and $5 for adults.

"We started this because there's kids who might be a little short of funds, but they're awesome athletes, so that's the end of their career? I don't think so," said Mark Hall, the event organizer.

Hall's son Travis, a defensive tackle now in his 10th season with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL, will has pledged a donation to KPHA matching the game's gate receipts.

"Travis, when he was about 12, went to nationals in hockey here," Mark Hall said. "I was kind of a broke-down cowboy running Strawberry Stables, and somebody paid for him to go to nationals, I don't know who.

"Now, Travis matches this gate receipt, so the moral of the story is, if you do something for some kids along the way, no telling what they might become, and what might come back your way. Maybe he never would have played football — that's what this program does now."

Hall said that the rosters include 10 local coaches, so their players will have a great opportunity to see their coach do all the things he's been preaching to them.

While many of the players home from college for the holidays have already returned to school, Hall said there was still plenty of talented players to fill out the rosters.

"It might be a little bit slower (than last week's alumni game), but there will be a lot more finesse," Hall said.

Hall added that players wouldn't shy away from a few good, hard checks as well.

"They're all brothers, so they're going to maul each other," Hall said.

In addition to the action on the ice, local singer and songwriter Sherry Morris will sing and the Denali Ice Club will put on a figure skating routine during intermission. There will be a puck chuck, split the pot, a raffle including some items donated by Travis Hall, and door prizes provided by local businesses.

"We're going to put on a nice show for the town," Hall said.



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