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Support the Troops, Support their Kids and Support Hockey!

(Updated 9/22/13)

Staff Sergeant Mike Duke, Marcella Hanyok and Ft Bragg Cleland Rink Manager Linda Duke

Huge thank you to all the Lightning parents and players who donated equipment for our "support the troops" drive.

Here is the final tally of gear that Linda Duke, rink manager for Cleland Ice Rink, and her husband Staff Sergent Mike Duke picked up on 9/20/13.  It was a mountain of gear as you can see from picture above!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

 

Item

Qty

 

Item

Qty

Bags

7

 

Jock

9

Elbow Pads

16

 

Laces

2

Gloves-L

1

 

Neck Guards

8

Gloves-R

4

 

Pants

20

Gloves-Set

8

 

Pants Cover-shell

1

Goalie Blocker

5

 

Shin Guards

19

Goalie Shoulder\Chest

3

 

Shoulder\Chest Pads

12

Goalie Glove

3

 

Skate Covers

13

Goalie Jock

2

 

Skates

20

Goalie Neck guard

2

 

Socks

35

Goalie Pads-Legs

3

 

Stick cover

1

Goalie Skates

6

 

Sticks

15

Goalie Sticks

19

 

Suspenders

10

Goalie Helmet

1

 

Shooting Target

2

Helmets

18

 

Mouthguard (new)

1

Jerseys

101

 

 

 

 
 

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(Update from 8/13)

 “Mom\Dad, my gear is too small”.  Sometimes our players will tell us this loud and clear, sometimes they won’t. 
 
Some indicators that the hockey gear may be too small:

 

  1. Curling their toes to fit into skates – this is natural occurrence just ask some of last year’s Bantam Bs who jumped FOUR skate sizes…

  2. Stomach and/or kidneys are excessively exposed…

  3. Helmet is leaving crease lines on head and chin strap won’t snap under chin…

  4. Gap between shin guards and bottom of pants…

  5. Wrist bones sticking out of gloves….

 
Seriously though, now is great time to assess gear and ensure your player is protected.  The Ft Bragg ice rink manager (one of our U14 Parents) is bringing a truck to pick up donated gear on Tuesday, 8/27.  This is the best possible reason for the Army bringing a truck to RCI!  So survey your closets, garages and kids and bring gear in.
 
As of today, we have collected ----

 

Item Qty Item Qty
Hockey Bags 3 Neck Guards 6
Elbow Pads 10 Pants 11
Gloves-Left 1 Shin Guards 11
Gloves-Right 4 Shoulder\Chest Pads 3
Gloves-Set 5 Skate Covers 10
Goalie Blocker 2 Skates 11
Goalie Pads 1 Socks 17.5
Goalie Skates 3 Stick cover 1
Helmets 10 Suspenders 7
 
Jerseys
50 Target 2

 

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Introducing a new Carolina Lightning Service Project

 

The Fort Bragg Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) Sports & Fitness Program strives to outfit each player with gear.   This is done to keep the equipment close to ice rinks while offsetting the expense for service members.    
So as you are outfitting your hockey player for the new season please donate your used equipment to support the Ft Bragg hockey program.  

Facts:

 

  • Army kids like to play ice hockey too.

  • Hockey equipment is expensive

  • This equipment is for the Ft Bragg recreational (HOUSE) hockey teams, not Fayetteville travel teams.

Where:  we will set up collection boxes at RCI and will be taking equipment down to Ft Bragg periodically. 
When:  ongoing but surge through mid-September 2013.
Project Coordinator:  Marcella Hanyok