SAN JOSE – The puck will drop at the second annual "Guns N Hoses" charity hockey game at the Oakland Ice Center Operated By Sharks Ice on Sat., Oct. 24 at 5:45 p.m. This year's proceeds will benefit the families of four Oakland police officers who were slain in East Oakland last spring. Sgt. Mark Dunakin, Sgt. Ervin Romans, Sgt. Daniel Sakai and Officer John Hege were all fatally shot in the line of duty on March 21, 2009.
This event was the brainchild of Oakland firefighter Jim Halpin and police officer Kevin MacDonald who play and coach hockey at the Oakland Ice Center. Last year's inaugural event raised over $8,000 to benefit the newly created Oakland Technical High School ice sports physical education program and hockey team. The participants are hoping to build on their initial success by raising even more money this year.
"We are just really grateful for the opportunity to help out members of our community in this way," said Halpin.
Once again, the event will include a game between the Oakland Police Department and Oakland Fire Department ice hockey teams, a silent auction featuring autographed Sharks memorabilia and other collectibles, and a family skate after the game. Sharks Ice is donating the ice time, staffing and auction items.
For more information, please contact Melissa Fitzgerald at (510) 268-9000 x104.