For the second straight year, new records were broken in the CHaD Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship, presented by AutoFair. On March 25, nearly $290,000 was raised for CHaD programs, eclipsing the previous high of $273,000 set just one year ago. The fundraising total pushed the game’s proceeds beyond $2 million in the eleven years police officers and firefighters have been skating for CHaD.
The record number was once again driven by the community heroes who dedicate so much time to better the lives of CHaD kids, including the patients (CHaD Buddies) they are paired with during the months leading up to game time. Team Police was the game’s lead fundraiser, generating over $99,000 as a team. Their Fire counterparts set a new team record with over $92,000 raised.
Fire’s total was highlighted by the game’s lead fundraiser, Claremont’s Michael Snide, who personally brought in $23,940! Snide’s fundraising efforts came in memory of his mom, who lost a courageous battle against cancer last fall. Before she passed, she encouraged people to donate to Mike’s fundraising efforts on behalf of CHaD. Those donations helped Snide overcame Nashua PD’s Mike Dore, who had reigned as the lead fundraiser for the last seven years and eight of the previous nine. Dore did finish as the Police leader with over $16,000 raised. After the game, he announced his retirement after raising over $140,000 in the last ten years!
On the ice, nearly 6,000 generous, CHaD-loving fans were treated to an exciting back-and-forth affair won by the Police, 9-5. The men in blue, sponsored once again by Bank of America, struck first, getting a goal 2:20 into the game from new captain Dan Conley. That goal sparked a furious first period that saw the teams combine for six goals with Police building a 4-2 lead. In the second, Fire came right back, dominating the first half of the frame to tie the score, 4-4. Police was in the lead for good near the end of the period thanks to goals from Keith MacKenzie and Kyle Daly.
Chichester’s Phil Arnone earned First Star honors for Team Police, coming up big all game long while contributing three assists. Second Star Matt McGilvray scored a hat trick for Fire, who were generously supported again by Insurcomm and 1-800-Board-Up. Police goalie Trevor Cherry was busy all night, taking home Third Star with 31 saves in just two and a half periods. Police has now built a 7-3 series lead after winning the last three games.
Beyond the players and fans, CHaD is grateful for the support from resources that make the game a success. Dozens of partners provided key support for the game’s fundraising. Approximately 100 volunteers donated their time to provide a warm and friendly face – and a helping hand – to fans attending the game. The staff at SNHU Arena and Savor…, the arena concessionaire, were at their typical all-star level throughout the day. Without the support of Tim Bechert and the arena, our skaters would be outside on a frog pond!
Check out the Battle of the Badges Facebook page to enjoy the photos and memories from this year’s game thanks to our photographers Meg Mathews Photography and OffroadPaparazzi.
Tryouts for 2019 CHaD Hockey Game
Tryout registration is now open for the 2019 edition of the Battle of the Badges. Game date is Saturday, March 16 at 5 p.m. at SNHU Arena in Manchester. Tryouts begin for the two squads in September at Sullivan Arena on the campus of Saint Anselm College. There are three sessions for law enforcement and fire & rescue personnel and potential players must attend at least one tryout. Eligible participants include local and state police officers, sheriffs, marshals, homeland security, dispatchers, and corrections officers; full and part-time, call, and volunteer firefighters, dispatchers, and EMT/paramedics. Rosters will be announced in October with orientation, fundraising, and practices beginning in November.
The tryout schedule is as follows:
Saturday, Sept. 22 – 2-3 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 28 – 7:15-8:15 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6 – 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22 – 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 28 – 6-7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6 – 2-3 p.m.