Guns N Hoses hockey game raises money for charity

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Jacksonville firefighters and police traded the uniforms for sticks and skates on Saturday to raise money for charity.

The annual Guns and Hoses hockey game was held at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena with a socially distant crowd close at hand. This year’s contest was slated for December, but both teams opted to move it back to attract as many fans as possible.

Officer Garrett Noble says it’s great to give back to the community in a form Jacksonville is not used to.

“It’s really special to come out here once a year and do that,” Noble said.

The action on the ice was intense from the start with hits and many penalties early on. Fans decked out in old Guns and Hoses gear brought the arena to life.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office entered the board first with an early goal. However, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue stepped forward to keep pace.

For so much trash on and off the ice, firefighter Bruce Mase says it’s just great getting back with the ‘boys’.

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“We look forward to it every year, mark our calendars and it’s good to be competitive with the police department,” Mase said. “Some of us haven’t played contact hockey in a while, so it’s a great way to let off steam and stress for sure.”

The money raised through the sale of tickets and merchandise will go to the respective charities of each department. The Jacksonville Icemen are also helping. Money raised in tonight’s 50/50 raffle, in their scheduled competition against the South Carolina Stingrays, will also support JSO and JFRD charities.

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Catherine J. Martinez