With its home arena located half a mile away from the base of the Missouri National Guard in Jefferson City, the Missouri club hockey team will host National Guard recruits and other military personnel Saturday night at its "Hockey Loves Heroes" event.
Active and former military personnel will receive free admission to the game against Eastern Illinois at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Washington Park Ice Arena in Jefferson City.
Coach John Lamond said the idea came from team captain Evan Thill and was supported by the rest of the team.
"I think just as a general view, our guys look at that as something that needs to be honored," he said.
Thill, a Jefferson City native, coordinated the event with his roommate's father, who works for the National Guard. The team will wear camouflage jerseys that are sponsored by the National Guard, and a group of military recruits, who are currently in training, will be in attendance.
Missouri and Eastern Illinois will face off again at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Tigers are currently 9-2-1 and are in second place in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association.