Hockey Fans Asked to Bring Tuna to RiverStone Cup

MANCHESTER, N.H. On Saturday, January 15th, The UNH Wildcats are set to take on their cross-state Rivals, the Big Green of Dartmouth in the 10th Annual Battle for the RiverStone Cup hockey game, being held at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. RiverStone Resources, the primary sponsor of the game, has once again chosen the New Hampshire Food Bank as the beneficiary and is asking fans to bring canned or bagged tuna to the game to help feed the 127,200 hungry individuals that the Food Bank serves each year.

January is "Canned Tuna" month at the New Hampshire Food Bank. Conveniently, hockey fans of New Hampshire already associate fish with hockey, as it has been a tradition at UNH hockey games since the early 1970's to throw a fish onto the ice after UNH's first goal. For hockey fans, the fish denotes a taunt to the opposing goalie to "fish the puck out of the net." However, for the New Hampshire Food Bank, fish represents an important protein item that will help sustain hungry individuals. Tuna not only is a great source of protein, but also of iron, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.

"We are so grateful for the ongoing support that we receive from RiverStone and we are thrilled that we have once again been chosen to be a part of the exciting RiverStone Cup" said Melanie Gosselin, Executive Director at the New Hampshire Food Bank. "Regardless of which team is your favorite, we hope all the fans will root against hunger and show it by bringing canned or bagged tuna to the game. There will be donation boxes at each entrance for the fans' convenience."

Ben Bomhoff, RiverStone Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, added, "In selecting the New Hampshire Food Bank as beneficiary for a second time, RiverStone acknowledges the continuing commitment of its staff and volunteers in meeting the endemic need for nutritious food to feed the hungry in communities throughout the state. In addition to making generous donations of tuna on game night, fans are encouraged to become "hands on" partners in this vital work. Contact the Food Bank to find out how you can help!" Mr Bomhoff continued, "I am also proud to say that RiverStone's employees banded together last year to donate nearly 3,800 pounds of tuna and we're determined to break that mark this year."

The game has been a perennial draw, with last year's attendance reported at over 8,000. UNH's record in the RiverStone Cup is 6-2-1 with Dartmouth's conversely at 2-6-1.

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