Hartford Wolf Pack General Manager Al Coates announced today that the Wolf Pack U.S. Flag Jersey auction raised over $34,000 to benefit the Twin Towers Fund for disaster relief. The special game jerseys, purchased by Wolf Pack players, featured a U.S. Flag design scheme and were worn at the Saturday, January 12 game against Worcester at the Hartford Civic Center.
Defenseman Mike Mottau was proud to wear the jerseys at the game. "I always stand pretty still, get focused and stare at the flag during the anthem," said Mottau, who was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, and is one of four Americans on the team. "It's pretty important when you and the whole team are wearing a jersey representing your country. You don't think about it right away because you're getting ready for the game. But I'm an American, and I get pretty emotional about the September 11th tragedy, so this night was pretty inspiring."
Following the game, the jerseys were placed on the auction block on-line at the hartfordwolfpack.com website. The project was part of a league-wide effort to generate funds in tribute to the victims and heroes of the September 11, 2001 disasters.The money raised from the jersey auction will be added to the $16,579 already raised by the Wolf Pack and their fans on Opening Night on October 13.
Winning bidders will be notified by a representative from the Wolf Pack. The jerseys, along with a letter of authenticity, will be sent to the winners.
The Twin Towers Fund, established by New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, was created to assist the families of the members of the uniformed services of the New York City Fire Department and its Emergency Medical Services Command, the New York City Police Department, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the New York State Office of Court Administration and other government offices who lost their lives or were injured because of the tragedies of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center.