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Grand Rapids' police and fire departments hit the ice for charity hockey match

Van Andel Arena
City of Grand Rapids
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Funds raised will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases through funding research.

Grand Rapids Police and Fire Departments are squaring off during a friendly, yet competitive, game of ice hockey to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases through funding research.

The match will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 12:30 p.m. and purchasing a $15 ticket also gets spectators a seat at the 7:00 p.m. Griffins game that evening.

Officers and Firefighters say the hockey squads are something they do in their off time to have fun and keep fit.

“Like any adult recreation team, we play for the love of the game. This charity game is an opportunity to do what we enjoy and benefit others," Michael Walker, team captain of Grand Rapids Fire Department said, adding that the game is also for “bragging rights.”

Officer Richard Lee, Team Captain for Grand Rapids’ Police Department agreed.

“We are excited for the opportunity to play at the Van Andel and to raise money for the important work of the MDA," he said.

Both GRFD and GRPD want to thank the Griffins for their support and the many sponsors who have stepped up to raise money for the MDA.

Tickets will not be available at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, visit the Griffins event website.

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