(RAPID CITY, SD) – The Rapid City Rush, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, invites everyone to our “Dream Protectors Night” showdown against the Mountain Division rival Alaska Aces on Friday, December 23rd.
“Dream Protectors Night” helps us honor all local first responders in our community of Rapid City. The Rush will don special jerseys, sponsored by the Dave Davis Agency, with half fashioned in blue for the police and law enforcement, and the other half fashioned in red for firefighters and paramedics. Throughout the evening, members of local police and fire departments will be honored and recognized for their hard work and sacrifice in protecting our community every day.
“This is a very special night for the organization, especially for the players,” said Rush General Manager, Joe Ferras. “We are very proud of, and have the utmost respect for our members of both the police and fire departments. The sacrifices that these men and women make on a daily basis to ensure our safety are not only commendable, but very much appreciated in our community.
“It is highly common for hockey players to join law enforcement or firefighting after their professional careers end,” Ferras added. “Coach DeSantis and I have had the privilege to coach and play with countless players that are currently either firemen or policemen. It is an honor to have the opportunity to recognize these individuals on their special night.”
For the game, the Rush organization is offering $15 seats anywhere in the arena for policemen, firemen, paramedics, dispatchers, members of the forest service, and all first responders and their families. A portion of every $15 ticket sold will go back to both the police and fire departments and will be used to buy gifts for Girls Inc, Club for Boys, and Rural America Initiatives, which later will be handed out by local law enforcement, fire fighters, and players from the Rapid City Rush. Additionally, the Rapid City Fire Department and Rapid City Police Department will clash in a broomball exhibition on the ice during the first intermission.
For more information on the event, call the Rush office at 716-7825.