North Park charity game takes hockey outside
Two heated rivals faced each other for a night of friendly competition and fundraising at the annual Ice Storm game earlier this week.
The Pine-Richland and North Allegheny hockey teams played each other in three matchups, varsity, junior varsity and alumni, on Dec. 30 at the North Park Ice Rink.
The event, in its third year, combines healthy competition and raising money for a good cause.
“It's to bring the two communities together and just have a great night of hockey,” said North Allegheny head coach Jim Black.
Partial proceeds from this year's event will go to the Kevin Kenny Fund. Kenny, 20, of Sewickley, is a junior league hockey player with the Pittsburgh Vengeance and a 2013 Quaker Valley graduate.
He suffered a severe spinal-cord injury at a game in November, and the fund was created to help with medical costs and future necessities for Kenny and his family.
The accident hit home with the hockey community in the North Hills, said Pine-Richland head coach Mike Bagnato.
“We've all had kids who've played. This could happen to anybody. It's just a freak thing,” he said.
Black's son, Cody, also plays for the Vengeance and is a close friend of Kenny's. After Kenny's accident, Black said, it was clear what charity the Ice Storm would benefit this year.
“The hockey community is a special community,” he said. “It's full of tight knit players and they rally around things like this.”
More than $47,000 already has been raised for the Kevin Kenny Fund at gofundme.com.
Although the rivalry between North Allegheny and Pine-Richland is fierce, many of the players and families know one another, so having the Ice Storm game over the holiday break from school is a good way to get everyone together.
“It's been a blast,” Bagnato said. “Our kids really enjoy it, which is why we do it.”
The game was played at the outdoor ice rink at North Park, which rekindled some important history, Black said. He and Bagnato began playing hockey outside at North Park, as did many others, he said.
“That's really where hockey in Pittsburgh started, in outdoor arenas in the early '70s,” Black said. “So we're getting back to the grass roots.”
For more information on the Kevin Kenny Fund or to donate, visit www.helpforkevinkenny.com.
Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.