2016-17 will be the Eighth Season of Honoring Twin Tiers Military Veterans
The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and AHL's Rochester Americans, and The Ziff Law Firm of Elmira will soon begin their eighth season of honoring Twin Tiers military veterans during Jackals home games, and are seeking nominations for the 2016-2017 ECHL hockey season at First Arena in Elmira.
Male and female veterans and active-duty personnel who are home on leave can be nominated for the Veteran of the Game program by going to www.zifflaw.com and clicking on the Veteran of the Game tab on the bottom of the home page, or by sending an email to email@example.com or calling 607-733-8866, ext. 218.
One veteran is honored at each regular-season home game.
Those selected receive four free tickets to a game. During the game, the public-address announcer introduces the veteran and reads a short biography of their military service, and then Jackals fans salute the veteran with a big cheer.
"The program gets more popular every year. Veterans who are honored say it is a night they will remember forever," said Annette Viselli Thorne of the Ziff Law Firm, who coordinates the program. "We hope to create more great memories this season for Twin Tiers veterans and their families."
Among the veterans honored last season:
Andrew Grace, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan during OperationEnduring Freedom and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was stationed atFort Bragg, N.C., with the 82nd Airborne Division and at Fort Drum, N.Y., with the10th Mountain Division.
Charles Hoy, a Navy veteran who served from 1971-78. He was stationed in Virginia, California and Hawaii. He is a professor in the Communications Department at Mansfield University.
Peter Karpovich, a Marine Corps veteran who served in 1983 in Lebanon.
The Jackals open the season on Oct. 15 in Reading, Pa., against the Royals. The Jackals' home opener is at 7:05 p.m. Oct. 21 at First Arena against the Norfolk Admirals.
More than 280 veterans have been honored by the Ziff Law Firm and Jackals fans in the last seven seasons.
Media contact: Annette Viselli Thorne, firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-733-8866, ext. 218.
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Friday, October 7th: Elmira Jackals at Reading Royals - 7:00 p.m. Preseason Game
Saturday, October 8th: Elmira Jackals vs. Reading Royals - 7:05 p.m. Preseason Game
Saturday, October 15th: Elmira Jackals at Reading Royals - 7:00 p.m. SEASON OPENER!
Friday, October 21st: Elmira Jackals vs. Norfolk Admirals - 7:05 p.m. HOME OPENER!
Saturday, October 22nd: Elmira Jackals vs. Norfolk Admirals - 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, October 25th: Elmira Jackals at Adirondack Thunder - 6:00 p.m.