Guns N’ Hoses Charity Hockey Game Returns

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – The Guns N’ Hoses charity hockey game is back.

The Roanoke Area Fire Department (the “Hoses”) will engage a team of police and law enforcement personnel (the “Cannons”).

The teams weren’t able to have their game in 2021 due to COVID, but they’re excited to get back on the ice.

The charity hockey game was started in 2004 by a now retired Roanoke County firefighter. Since then, the game has pitted local law enforcement against local IAFF firefighters.

In 2019, local stakeholders formed the nonprofit Roanoke Valley Guns & Hoses Hockey, which is a 501c3 organization.

Over 17 games later, they have raised over $400,000 which has been donated to the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association).

This year, the board decided to modify its donation to Roanoke Valley Charities to ensure the money raised stays in the Roanoke Valley.

The organization is also partnering with Roanoke County Park and Recreation as Friends of the Blue Ridge to build an ADA-accessible playground at Explore Park.

You can find out more about the event, buy tickets on the Berglund Center website or at the box office before the game on Saturday January 29. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

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Catherine J. Martinez