Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Three Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, “Cacti,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, along with Soldiers from other units, teamed up with the Air Force to become team “USA White” at the inaugural Ice Hockey Charity Game, Aug. 29, at Honolulu’s Ice Palace.
The game was held to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project in Hawaii.
“Today’s game is all about giving back to those who have sacrificed for their country,” said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David Taylor, principal organizer of the event, who works at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
“The Wounded Warrior Project is a really good organization that is very dedicated to helping Soldiers with tangible relief when they are wounded,” said Capt. Pierce Cote, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, who played in the game. “I talked with one gentleman … on our team who had been wounded in Iraq. (The) Wounded Warrior (Project) arranged for his mom to fly to Germany to meet him, then flew her back stateside with him and picked up her bill for the hotel she stayed at while he was getting fixed up.”
“Services like this really help keep Soldiers confident that when they are wounded, there is someone there that is going to make sure they are taken care of,” Cote said.
Maj. John Hubbard, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, who also belongs to the Ice Palace Adult Recreational Hawaiian Hockey League, alerted Cote about the opportunity to play in the game. First Lt. Josh James, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, also played in the game and is an avid hockey player who played through college. James’ initial goal spurred the team to an eventual 5-2 Army win.
“James scored the first goal for the team,” Cote said. “Hubbard and myself just focused on not getting in his way! I had not played hockey in years, and actually had to go buy all new equipment, a small price to pay to get to help a good cause.”
Check out more photos from the hockey game on Flickr.