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GRANITE STATE POLICE OFFICERS AND FIRE FIGHTERS FACE OFF IN 7th ANNUAL GAME FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

MANCHESTER, N.H., March 4, 2014 – Police officer and fire fighter hockey players from all parts of New Hampshire brought in a record breaking crowd of nearly 6,900 attendees to the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday, March 1 for the 7th Annual CHaD Battle of the Badge Hockey Championship, presented by AutoFair, to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). Fans, families, young CHaD patients and hockey enthusiasts filled Verizon’s arena to cheer on teams Fire and Police in what has become a staple New Hampshire sporting and charity event.

Since the game’s inception in 2008, Battle of the Badges donations have raised $1.2 million for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Through generous financial contributions of donors, sponsors, and dedicated fundraising by volunteer players, the event brought in $233K at the March 1st game, making Saturday’s game the top Badges fundraiser to date.

“We are truly grateful for the level of commitment, passion and hard work our CHaD Badges players bring to this game year after year and very much appreciate the incredible community support. Through corporate sponsorships, player fundraising, ticket purchases, and more the money raised at this game helps provide care for the kids throughout the region. Every kid is a CHaD kid, and money from events like this helps support our mission to keep all kids healthy and safe,” said CHaD Community Relations Director, Sharon Brown. 

 Game Founder, WMUR’s Jamie Staton, oversaw the event’s on-ice program. Game veterans Micky Drouin for Team Fire and Team Police’s Pete Favreau stood at the coaching helm alongside The Morning Buzz’s Greg Kretschmar and WGIR AM’S Jack Heath. The volunteer players hailed from all over the state of New Hampshire.

This year’s win went to Team Police, with a final score of 5-4 with Keith MacKenzie of the Rochester Police Department scoring the game-winner. Badges only female player, Jacqui Parker of Pembroke Police was the winning goalie, with 29 saves. Fire fighter Jeff Clattenburg of Lebanon Fire scored two goals for Team Fire.

Top Team fundraiser for the event went to Team Police which raised $81,055 and Badges player, Officer Michael Dore of the Nashua Police Department was honored as the Top Individual Fundraiser with over $12,102 dollars raised, bringing his six year total fundraising to $62,000.

Battle of the Badges fans of every age got in on the game day action while raising money for the vital programs at CHaD. Community members pledged money to player’s pages at www.CHaDHockey.org, where each player committed to raising a minimum of $1,500.

For more information about the event and the full team roster, visit www.CHaDHockey.org.

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About CHaD

As New Hampshire's full service, comprehensive children's hospital, the Children’s Hospital at DartmouthHitchcock (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, as northern New England’s children’s hospital. CHaD offers both inpatient (hospital care) and outpatient (same day care) services at DartmouthHitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Outpatient specialty services are available at DartmouthHitchcock Manchester, Bedford, Exeter, and WentworthDouglass Hospital, Dover. Primary care is available at DartmouthHitchcock facilities in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, Nashua, New London, and Plymouth.

For more information about CHaD, please visit www.chadkids.org or contact us at (603) 650KIDS or chad.community.relations@hitchcock.org.