Charity hockey game raises over $6k for fire victim fund.

April 9, 2017

law dogs smoke eaters hockey fire relief cooperCharity hockey game raises over $6k for fire victim fund.

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

VICTORY TOWNSHIP — The Mason County Fire Relief Fund raised $6,015 during Saturday’s fourth annual Law Dogs vs. Smoke Eaters (cops vs. firefighters) hockey game at the West Shore Community Ice Arena. The amount raised exceeded last year’s collection, according to committee member Justin Merchant. In addition, the Smoke Eaters won for the first time, defeating the Law Dogs 15-10.

The evening included the usual antics and friendly rivalry between the two teams, but the highlight was when Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole, who is also the Law Dogs’ coach, deputized the state champion West Shore Wolves Team — qualifying them as eligible to play in the game — and then sending the young players in for part of the second period to take on the Smoke Eaters. While the Wolves scored a couple points, their assistance didn’t pay off in the end.

The highlight of the game, though, was when Cole presented Riverton Fire Chief Joe Cooper, coach of the Smoke Eaters, with a t-shirt that reads: “No One Fights Along; We Are Family” on the front and “#CooperStrong” on the back. Cooper is currently battling multiple myeloma, a type of bone cancer.

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