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OHIO Hockey named finalist for ACHA National Community Service Award

For the second time in three seasons, OHIO Hockey was named as a finalist for the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) National Community Service Award. OHIO Hockey won the award in 2015. 

OHIO Hockey was named as one of three finalists for the award. The University of Arizona Wildcat Hockey program and the Iowa State Cyclones were named as the other two finalists. The University of Arizona has been named the 2017 ACHA National Community Service award winners. 

OHIO Hockey completed numerous community service activities this past season. The Bobcats hosted the Annual Ice Ghost Games and raised more than $5,000 for the American Cancer Society. OHIO Hockey also hosted an event for the Athens Food Pantry that raised canned goods via a food drive. OHIO players visited several area elementary schools as well as hosted “Skate with the ’Cats” nights at Bird Arena. Several local youth hockey players were treated to time on the ice with OHIO Hockey players and were hosted in the Bobcat dressing room throughout the season. 

One of OHIO Hockey’s annual efforts is the “Teddy Bear Toss.” This season the team partnered with the Ohio University Police Department, and the event generated more than 200 stuffed toys for local charity to be used as holiday gifts. 

“We take pride in being involved in the Athens community,” stated Head Coach Sean Hogan. “It is not the responsibility of the community to support OHIO Hockey, but our responsibility to give the community a reason to support us.” He continued, “Part of that is being involved off the ice.” 

The University of Arizona Wildcat Hockey program will be honored with this season’s award at the annual ACHA Convention being held this week in Naples, Florida.
This article was provided by OHIO Hockey.