FMWR Marketing Publicity Assistant
Fort Drum sports fans enjoyed hockey fun as they gathered Friday at the Commons to meet with the Watertown Privateers and share some mutual admiration. The Watertown Privateers, a minor professional hockey team in the Federal Hockey League, traveled to Fort Drum for a meet and greet to kick off the 2nd Annual Warrior Hockey Night when the Privateers took on the Danbury Whalers.
The opportunity to meet the hockey players and receive free game tickets was presented as a military appreciation event through a partnership between the Privateers and Carthage Area Hospital.
“We are delighted to be able to bring together Fort Drum Soldiers and Families, Watertown Privateer Hockey and Carthage Area Hospital, and we certainly appreciate what the military means to our country and our community,” said Adil Ameer, Carthage Area Hospital CEO, speaking at the meet and greet.
The lunchtime event offered a chance for the team players to speak with Soldiers, Families and Fort Drum personnel and to show how their daily sacrifices are appreciated. An appearance by a full roster of Privateer team players, Captain Spice the Privateers mascot, face-painting and a lunch was enjoyed, and all in attendance received free tickets to attend that night’s hockey game.
Formed in 2010, the Watertown Privateers team has set records for game attendance in their league. While filling the seats is not an issue, one of the team’s off-ice goals is to be a vital partner with the community. The Privateers have held several games this season to benefit wounded warriors. Privateers’ management and Carthage Area Hospital decided that sharing a free night of hockey with Fort Drum Soldiers and Families was a gift easily given.
Erin Roman, spouse of Staff Sgt. Luis Roman, brought her son Luis, 6, and daughter Adriana, 9, to the event.
Adriana and Luis enjoyed moving through the crowd collecting autographs from the friendly Privateers team members. Roman, excited to be taking her children to their first hockey game, was enthusiastic about her motivation for attending.
“I wanted to get the kids out of the house,” she said. “Military Families are always looking for inexpensive entertainment, and this sounded like it would be fun.”
More than 150 people attended the event, where more than 100 free tickets were distributed, giving Fort Drum personnel a great reason to get out of the house and maybe creating a few new hockey fans.