On Sunday, Nov. 14, Oakland’s finest and bravest faced off for charity at the third annual Guns N’ Hoses ice hockey game at the Oakland Ice Center Operated By Sharks Ice. Members of the Oakland Police and Fire Departments competed this year for the benefit of the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) to support their new sled hockey program for children and adults with physical disabilities.
S.J. Sharkie joined one of Oakland’s new sled hockey players, Zack Penick, as he dropped the first puck in front of hundreds of excited fans. From there, the game did not fail to provide plenty of excitement for the crowd. While the police jumped out in the lead by scoring the first two goals, the firefighters fought back with a goal in the second, bringing the score to 2-1. The third period was a nail biter as the police scored, and then the firefighters, and finally in the last minutes of the game, the police put the last puck in the net to end the game with a 4-2 victory.
Both teams were thrilled to have Sharks players Logan Couture
and John McCarthy join them on the ice to congratulate all of the players and present the trophy to the winning Police team. During the third period, Couture and McCarthy had also treated fans to an autograph and photo session.
The event included an exhibition by the sled hockey players, the ‘big game,’ a silent auction featuring Sharks memorabilia, and a family skate after the game. While the final tally has not yet been calculated, initial estimates put the total money raised at well over $12,000, a significant increase over last year’s total.
“The support from the Oakland Fire and Police Departments has been amazing,” said Trooper Johnson, a former Paralympic basketball player and Youth Sports Program Coordinator for BORP. “Several of the kids in our program were accident victims or victims of violent crime where police and firefighters were the first to respond. This was a unique opportunity for these first responders to see the kids out on the ice playing and having fun. This program isn’t about a group of disabled kids, it’s just about a group of kids who need sleds to skate.” Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program
BORP is a non-profit organization working to improve the health, independence and social integration of people with physical disabilities through sports, fitness and recreation programs. Established in 1976, BORP offers recreational and competitive sports activities for children and adults with physical disabilities, and provides financial assistance to low-income participants. Oakland Ice Center operated by Sharks Ice
Sharks Ice at Oakland is the latest ice facility to be operated by Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. The facility, completed in 1995, contains one NHL-sized ice surface and one Olympic sized ice surface and accommodates ice hockey, figure skating, broomball, curling, speed skating, ice dancing, as well as public skating. Sharks Ice at Oakland, along with Sharks Ice at San Jose and Sharks Ice at Fremont currently holds the largest number of Adult USA Hockey participants of any facility in the nation. The facility features an in-house pro shop, large meeting and party spaces, and a full service snack bar to serve patrons of all ages. Sharks Ice at Oakland is located at 519 18th St. in Oakland, California. Sharks Ice is a proud member of the NHL’s Hockey Is For Everyone Program. For more information, visit www.oaklandice.com.