Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) is excited to introduce the official rosters for the CHaD Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship. On Sunday, March 13, at 1 p.m., first responders from across the state will skate and raise money for CHaD at SNHU Arena in Manchester.
The game is returning for its fourteenth edition and has raised $2.6 million since its inception to support children and their families in our communities. The rosters for both teams feature a blend of new and returning players, many of whom skated for the first time in front of a streaming-only audience in the 2020 game. The 2021 game was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fire is the reigning champion of the game, winning both the 2019 and ’20 editions at SNHU Arena. Retired Dover deputy chief Micky Drouin is back behind the bench hoping to guide Fire to a third straight win. He will be assisted again by former Boston Bruin Bruce Crowder. Fire captain Jeff Clattenburg (Lebanon) will skate for the 13th time in 14 games. Alternate captains Chris Couturier (Dover) and Ian Gill (Concord) bring a combined 21 years of Badges experience to round out the Fire leadership contingent.
The Fire captains will lead a squad of 21 total players hailing from 17 unique departments across the region. Veteran skaters Micah Ruel (Rochester) and Jake Paulsen (Candia) will each play for the eleventh time while Michael Snide (Claremont) skates for the ninth. Former professional hockey player Ashton Rome (Salem) is back for a third game. Three rookies will wear the red for the first time, including the game’s first-ever NHL alumni – Portsmouth’s Brian Foster. The goalie made his NHL debut with the Florida Panthers on Feb. 4, 2012 after serving as one of the best puck-stoppers in the history of the hockey program at the University of New Hampshire.
On the Police side, the experience is just as deep, led by co-head coaches Wayne Sheehan (Kensington, retired) and Steve Sloper (New Hampshire State Police). They will be assisted by Billy McBournie (Hillsborough County Dept. of Corrections, retired). Captain Dan Conley (Goffstown) is back for his 12th game while alternate captain Kyle Daly (Manchester) looks to top the fundraising charts once again in his sixth event. Police will name an additional alternate captain after the retirement of Keith MacKenzie (Rochester PD), the only player to skate in the first 13 editions of the game.
An additional 18 players fill out the full-time Police roster while two additional rookies will serve as practice players for their first year supporting CHaD. The full-time roster features ten-year veteran Matt Blonigen (Manchester) defending. Phil Arnone (Chichester) and Kyle Manlow (North Hampton) lead the forward lines while four total players, including two goalies, will celebrate their first season.
The teams already have three practices under their belts. Practices continue through early March, with joint sessions being held in January and February. Game day is March 13 at 1 p.m. Ticket and streaming information will be available in the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.CHaDHockey.org or email CHaDHockey@hitchcock.org.
About Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-HH provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named again in 2020 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 9 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-HH system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.
As New Hampshire's only full-service, comprehensive children's hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock (CHaD) is committed to providing outstanding compassionate care for children and their families. Their physician expertise provides primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond. CHaD offers inpatient (hospital care) and outpatient (same day care) services at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Outpatient and same-day surgery services are available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Manchester. Primary care is available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock facilities in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, and Nashua, NH, and Bennington, VT. For more information about CHaD, please visit www.chadkids.org or contact us at 603-650‐KIDS or firstname.lastname@example.org.