January 3, 2016
In the December 19th Central States Pee Wee Minor matchup at the Addison Ice Arena between the Chicago Bruins and the Naperville Sabres, more than Central States’ standings points and pride were on the line. The game was not only a rematch of the teams’ Wounded Warrior Project tournament finals game, won by the Sabres 3-2, over Thanksgiving weekend, but the Sabres and Bruins organizations agreed that the regular season tilt would also serve as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. Festively decorated in red, white and blue for the event, the Addison Ice Arena never looked better as the two determined squads battled in a high scoring, see-saw affair that saw each team overcome two-goal deficits at various points during the contest.
As the final buzzer rang, it was the Bruins who persevered by a score of 6-5. But the true victor that day was the Wounded Warrior Project, as over $1800 was raised during the game through donations by the Sabres and Bruins organizations, the Blue Line Bar and Grill, the fans in attendance and via raffle prizes donated by B&R Sports Pro Shop. The Bruins 02 & 03 teams also played games for the Wounded Warrior Project and put the total over $3000, including a $500 donation from the Chicago Bruins Hockey Club. Great job to all the teams that participated.