In partnership with USO of Illinois and Boeing, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation will hold the team's annual Veterans Day recognition on Sunday, Nov. 10 as the team takes on the Toronto Maple Leafs at the United Center.
In a special pregame ceremony honoring those who have served our nation, the Blackhawks will welcome approximately 20 active military and veterans awarded with the Purple Heart on to the ice for the national anthem. Additionally, in recognition of Military Family Month, the team will be hosting families from the Illinois Army National Guard's 108th Sustainment Brigade, currently deployed in Iraq, at Sunday's game. Headquartered in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, this brigade refers to itself as "Team Blackhawks - Chicago's Brigade."
Blackhawks players will wear newly-designed camouflage jerseys during warm-ups. This marks the 10th season that the team will wear special Veterans Day jerseys, courtesy of Boeing, in support of those who serve in our nation's military, at home and away. Each jersey will be autographed by the player who wore it and put up for auction at Blackhawks.com beginning Nov. 10 through 12 p.m. on Nov. 20, with all proceeds benefitting USO of Illinois. A custom-painted goalie mask and a team-signed camouflage jersey will also be included in the auction.
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Through Boeing's generous support of this military appreciation night, 100 tickets were donated to welcome military members and their guests at Sunday's game. Blackhawks season ticketholders and fans supported the initiative as well, fully matching Boeing's ticket donation to allow more than 100 additional service personnel and their families the opportunity to attend through USO of Illinois.
USO of Illinois is one of the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation's longest-standing grant recipients, with the Foundation awarding more than $1 million to the organization over the last decade to support USO Centers across Illinois, USO Military Youth Programs, as well as USO Community Connection Programs through Salutes on the Ice that celebrate our nation's veterans and active servicemen and women.
Sunday's game starts at 6 p.m. and can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago, the exclusive local television home for Blackhawks hockey, as well as streamed live online at NBCSportsChicago.com and the "MyTeams by NBC Sports" app. It can also be heard on WGN Radio and Univision's TUDN Deportes Radio Chicago (Spanish).