Euclid to host inaugural firefighter vs. police hockey game – News-Herald

The inaugural Greater Cleveland Police and Fire Department hockey game will take place at 1:30 p.m. on March 12 at CE Orr Ice Arena in Euclid.

The event has already sold over 400 tickets and that number will increase as sales continue throughout the week.

“We are always reaching out to the community,” said Kate McLaughlin, vice president of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association. “So we thought bringing everyone to the hockey rink was a great idea.”

Jim McVey of the Richmond Heights Police Department will captain the police team along with more than 15 officers from nearby agencies, including several from the Euclid Police Department.

They will face the captain of the fire team, Euclid firefighter Joe Mucic, as well as firefighters from several surrounding agencies.

Many non-profit organizations will participate in the event, some of which will offer raffles during the game. These include the Max Carter Fund, a foundation dedicated to helping Carter after a hockey accident left him paralyzed. Carter is expected to attend the event.

Brady’s K-9 Unit Fund will bring its dogs and hold raffles to raise money for body armor.

Other foundations will be in attendance and guests are also encouraged to bring a tin can to contribute to the Euclid Hunger Center.

“It exceeds our expectations,” Laughlin said. “It started out as this cool little event and has grown into this awesome, community-beneficial thing, we’re really excited for this and the good that will come out of it.”

The game will feature a professional announcer and will begin after the singing of the Canadian and American national anthems.

Those wishing to purchase tickets can do so at cheddarup.com or by visiting the link on the Euclid Police Services Facebook page.

Catherine J. Martinez