DURHAM, N.H – Tickets are still available for the upcoming men’s hockey game against Providence College on Saturday, November 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $23.00 for reserved seats, and $21.00 for general admission/standing room tickets. Fans may purchase tickets by calling Ticketmaster at 603-868-7300, by visiting the Whittemore Center Box Office starting at 10:00am on Wednesday morning, or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com and search for UNH Wildcats Hockey.
The UNH Athletic Department will also be launching their new project, Operation Hat Trick at the game. The project was spurred by a radio segment in the early part of 2008 that reported, “the thing most wanted by those members of the military who have received head injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan is a baseball cap to cover their wounds, dressings and scars.” At the time of the radio report, Nate Hardy, a Navy SEAL and son of UNH professor Steve Hardy and his wife, Donna, was killed while on a covert mission in Iraq. As a result, Operation Hat Trick, which was coined after the term used when one player scores three goals in a hockey game, was born.
A member from each military branch will present the colors, groups of military men and women and their guests will attend the game and there will be a special on ice presentation. Members of the hockey team will wear Operation Hat Trick hats during introductions and then toss each personally autographed hat into the crowd. Three team signed hats will be raffled off and proceeds will go to the VA Hospital Recreation Therapy program. Soon after members of each hockey team will travel to the VA Hospital to meet and greet patients and to deliver the first group of hats.