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Ducks honor veterans with exceptional pregame ceremony

Servicemen rappel from rafters, wounded warrior drops puck on Military Appreciation Night

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Military Night puck drop

EDM@ANA: National Guard rappels in for puck drop

Two members of the California Air National Guard rappel from the Honda Center ceiling, as Retired Sergeant Richard Silva drops the puck

  • 04:11 •

The Anaheim Ducks honored Veterans Day with a pregame ceremony many won't forget.

Four California Air National Guard rappelled from the ceiling, and retired Sgt. Richard Silva dropped the puck during a ceremonial faceoff at Military Appreciation Night for Anaheim's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Silva and his son RJ participated in a ceremonial faceoff, dropping the puck for Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and Connor McDavid of the Oilers. Silva was first injured by enemy insurgents while serving in the Marines in Fallujah, Iraq and earned a purple heart and the bronze star with valor. He was later shot in the line of duty as a police officer in the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Silva's injuries had kept him from playing hockey, but he recently returned to the ice as a coach for RJ's team.

The Ducks donned camouflage jerseys during pregame warmups, then auctioned them off with proceeds benefiting the United Heroes League. Goalie Ryan Miller also had a special mask made for the occasion.

Tweet from @AnaheimDucks: Closer look at these warmup jerseys. They���re available for auction right now!

Instagram from @anaheimducks: @RyanMiller3039 will wear this incredible mask honoring Veteran's Day, which he will wear for Sunday night's Military Appreciation Night game vs. Edmonton.

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