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The Wildcat hockey team spent some time off the ice today to serve at Wilson Elementary’s Turkey Lunch. The event drew a crowd of almost 600 people to share a meal together as a community. Head Coach, Ben Henry, is eager to show the community support, “I mean, there’s people that came to our games last year that had never been to a hockey game and the sole reason was because we helped them out, or they’ve seen us out in the community, which is awesome,” said Henry. “I think it’s helping out the sport in Alpena and making our town a hockey town again. And it’s fun to see the kids interact with the younger kids; and these younger kids look at the Wildcats like superstars.”

The players took part in all operations of the event and find joy in serving the community. “We’re giving kids all of their food, all of their parents, all of their grandparents, then later if kids don’t have anybody, we’ll sit by them eat lunch with them,” said Michael Kreis, assistant team captain. “Give them food like I said, then clean up everything, give them drinks, then talk to kids in the classrooms, and go to recess after.” Garret Hamp, team captain, said “Basically community service, giving back to the community. Because they do a lot for us and we like to give support and thanks for them coming out and supporting us at our games.” They all enjoyed their interactions with the community, especially the quality time spent with the future wildcats.

They’re excited to see the community support them as they begin their 2023-2024 season.