The Ducks will honor the United States Armed Forces by hosting Military Appreciation Night presented by Pacific Premier Bank on Sunday, Nov. 6 at Honda Center when the Ducks face the Calgary Flames (6:30 p.m.). All fans in attendance will receive a camouflage hat courtesy of Pacific Premier Bank. This special game night will pay tribute to local military members and their families as well as raise awareness for local military nonprofit organization, United Heroes League.
Anaheim Ducks players will be wearing camouflage jerseys during the pre-game warm-up for Military Appreciation Night. Following the game, the jerseys will be autographed and made available in an online auction at AnaheimDucks.com/auction. The night will begin with members of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command and U.S Special Forces Soldiers from Special Operations Detachment - North rappelling from the rafters to join Military Police Patrol/Explosive Detector Dog, Corporal Nero and Military Police K-9 Handler, Lance Corporal Brandon C. Benningfield, who will participate in the evening's honorary puck drop. The action continues throughout the game with a first intermission curling contest between all of the military branches (USMC, ARMY, NAVY, USAF and COAST GUARD), as well as military personnel and family members from United Heroes League participating in a variety of experiences, including Zamboni rides.
In a pre-game ceremony, the Ducks will honor Staff Sergeant Alan Merritt, a Community Hero. Merritt has served our country for over 12 years and has been on multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Through his service, he has received special training as a USMC Mountain Leader, Assault Climber Instructor, Helicopter Rope Suspension Technique Master Instructor and Infantry Unit Leader. His decorations include, three Navy Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Ribbon, and three Good Conduct Medals.
During the game, US Army Sergeant Mark Miller will receive the Salute to Those Who Serve Award. Miller joined the United States Army in June of 1966 and has served in Vietnam. His awards and decorations include Bronze Star with "V" device for Valor, Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, Purple Heart, Air Medal and Good Conduct Medal among many others. Miller remains very active with Special Forces Association, Chapter 78, and his LRP Association; Company E (LRP) 20th Infantry (Airborne), and company C (Ranger) 75th Infantry (Airborne) Association.
A limited number of tickets for Military Appreciation Night are still available and can be purchased through AnaheimDucks.com, Ticketmaster or at the Honda Center Box Office. Fans will incur no additional fees when purchasing tickets direct from the Anaheim Ducks (via any of the aforementioned avenues). In addition, fans will continue to receive free TicketFast delivery (ability to print tickets at home). For more information on Season, Premium and Mini Plan ticket packages, call 1-877-WILD WING or visit AnaheimDucks.com.
PARTICIPATING NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:
United Heroes League
United Heroes League is ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in sports. They accomplish this by providing free equipment, camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with sports.