WEST HAVEN. Conn. (WTNH) – On a sheet of ice two opposing forces clash to determine which group of bladed warriors is superior. At least that is how it may appear at first glance, for those who look deeper than the competition at hand may actually discover there is really only one team playing in this hockey game because all who have met to play each have the same goal.
“What is really great about it is you get a bunch of firemen on their off duty time getting together to play a hockey game to benefit a charity,” said Capt. Richard Murray, with the West Haven Fire Department. “This year’s charity is muscular dystrophy. `
The two departments playing are from West Haven and Stratford.
Hockey is a risky game but not nearly as such as the chances the athletes take during their normal workdays. To find a reminder of that all one needs to do is ponder what happened on Tuesday when Hartford firefighter Kevin Bell lost his life in blaze in the city’s north end.
“The tragedy in Hartford actually hit home for my department seven, six years ago when firefighter Bell started his firefighting career we sent two of our firefighters to the Hartford Fire Academy,” said Murray.
Its a reality that has cast a shadow for some on the evening.
“There’s a good group of us, 40 of us from West Haven, North Haven, Hamden going up there Monday all together to show out support,” said Mike Southworth, with the West Haven Fire Department.