In addition, the military members will also participate in a special, private skate session on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic ice. Bridgestone's military outreach efforts will complement a greater program the NHL is planning for the Jan. 1 game.
“Bridgestone has a strong commitment to giving back to the communities where our teammates work and live,” said Phil Pacsi, vice president of sport/event marketing and training at Bridgestone Americas. “Hosting members of Hockey Saves at this year's event is one small way we are able to show our appreciation for the surrounding community. The men and women of our military exemplify incredible selflessness.”
Hockey Saves Inc. brings vets and their families together with civilians over a shared love of hockey. The program started small in Fort Benning, Ga., to provide soldiers stationed at the local military base with a healthy, active outlet, but has now grown to have affiliates in Pittsburgh; Washington; Chicago; and Nashville, Tenn.