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Hopewell Valley Central High School’s Varsity ice hockey team will be hosting “Salute to Service” Hockey Game to benefit the Hopewell Valley Veterans Association. All Veterans and members of the community are welcome.  Spectators will watch an exciting game at Loucks Ice Rink on The Lawrenceville School campus this Saturday, Saturday, Feb 13, 4pm.

This event was created by Michael Cowhey, a senior defenseman and Alternate Captain for the team. 

“Since it’s our last year of high school, the Senior Varsity hockey players wanted to do something as a team for the community,” stated Cowhey, “My older brother, also a hockey player, is about to begin military service in the Marines. To honor him and the other servicemen and women of the Hopewell Valley, we came up with this idea.”

Michael took the initiative to create this special event for the team and the community and, at the last Hopewell Valley Regional School Board meeting, the Board of Education recognized a generous gift from the Cowhey family to purchase special camouflage uniforms for our hockey players for the event.

“The District’s mission includes developing socially responsible students and promoting a culture of respect. The hockey team’s initiative of a ‘Salute to Service’ exemplifies these important priorities with special military guests recognized and all proceeds benefiting the Hopewell Valley Veterans Association,” said Hopewell Valley School Board president, Lisa Wolff.

The special guest of honor will be Captain Thomas Dickinson, USN, who was most recently Commanding Officer, USS BARRY (DDG 52) and winner of the Admiral Stockdale award for the Atlantic Fleet. Captain Dickinson previously was Combat Systems Officer and Weapons Officer onboard USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG 68). A Naval Academy graduate, Captain Dickinson also completed afloat assignments in San Diego, Ingleside,TX, and earned his Masters Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
The Head Coach of the HVCHS Varsity Hockey Team, Bob Gialanella, served with Captain Dickinson on The Sullivans, where he was ship’s Navigator. Coach Gialanella was in the Navy from 1999-2005, his last rank was, Lieutenant. In attendance will also be representatives from HVCHS Choral Program who will sing the National Anthem.
“The Bulldog Hockey family is proud to honor our Veterans and active duty military personnel.  We are excited to turn this into an annual event,” said Coach Gialanella.

Admission to the event is $10 and will include a t-shirt. Wear your t-shirt as your Ticket!  Shirts/admission will be available for purchase at HVCHS through Michael Cowhey or any member of the Ice Hockey Team. Admission will also be available at the door. To pre-purchase shirt / admission or make a donation please contact Mary Ellen Cowhey at jcowhey201@aol.com.

Photo caption: Alternate Captain Michael Cowhey, Captain Gilford Daley, Goalie Curtis Hart, Alternate Captain Johnny Vagott, Alternate Captain Chris Nathan and Head Coach Bob Gialanella

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