LOWELL -- Burlington native Scott Fusco, a member of the United States 1984 and 1988 Olympic hockey teams, will join with other local Olympians to play the USA Warriors in an exhibition hockey game on Wednesday, April 9, at the Tsongas Center.
Net proceeds of the event will go to One Fund Boston and the Travis Roy Foundation, as well as to the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program. Faceoff is 7:30 p.m.
The USA Warriors team uses ice hockey as a means for the physical and mental rehabilitation of combat-wounded and service-disabled military members and veterans. The program has two teams, one standing and one on sleds. The standing team will be the one that plays the local Olympians. The sled team will play an intrasquad scrimmage prior to the standing team's game with the Olympians.
Men and women who have been wounded or seriously injured in defense of our country, comprise the USA Warriors teams.
"Everyone knows about the challenges we overcame to take home the gold in 1980," said Mike Eruzione, captain of the USA's Gold Medal winning 'Miracle on Ice' team. "These men and women face even tougher challenges. They're dealing with the effects of amputations and other severe situations. Yet they don't let these challenges get in the way of leading productive lives and helping others."
The Tsongas event will be broadcast to Afghanistan by USO/HB Communications. Dale Arnold will do the play by play to the troops.
The USA Warriors team captain is Mark Little, who, as an Army lieutenant, led over 150 combat patrols, was struck by three IED's, and was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star.
Among those scheduled to play in the game at Tsongas Center are former Boston Bruins and Olympians Bob Sweeney, Shawn McEachern, Scott Fusco, Ted Crowley, Mark Kumpel, Brian Leetch, Katie King, Tara Mounsey, Courtney Kennedy, Laurie Baker
Tickets are $8. For information go to americanheroeshockeychallenge.com.