ALPENA, MI – The Wildcats varsity hockey team spent their off day giving back at the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena. The players truly met their match as they took on the kids in an indoor hockey game on Thursday afternoon.
It takes a lot of dedication and hard work on the ice to be apart of the Wildcats hockey program. Yet, how the players interact and influence the youth of the community is equally as important to the team. “Every year we always get together with the Boys and Girls Club to find something to do with them,” said Head Coach Ben Henry. “This year they wanted to have an actual game.”
It certainly felt like a home hockey game for the Wildcats. The kids at the Boys and Girls Club drew signs rooting for the Wildcats and of course, there was lots of screaming and cheering from the stands. “We came here and they were chanting ‘Wildcats,'” said Captain Garrett Hamp. “It was just awesome to see how we’re role models to some kids.”
With great power comes great responsibility. Alpena aims to set a good example for the kids who look up to them. “They all think we’re cool on the ice,” said sophomore forward Gavin Winterstein. “Off the ice, it’s just as important.”
The Wildcats get back in action on January 19 at 6 p.m. when they host Gaylord.