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St. Cloud Youth Hockey Association coaches play benefit games to raise money for Minnesota Warriors

SCYHA raises $2,470 to help the Warriors, who help military veterans through the game of hockey.

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Coaches from the St. Cloud Youth Hockey Association (in red) play a game against the Minnesota Warriors on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at Ritsche Arena in the Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud, Minn.
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The St. Cloud Youth Hockey Association put together teams comprised of its coaches to play two exhibition games against the Minnesota Warriors on Monday, Nov. 14.

The association made a donation of $2,000 and then raised another $470 through chuck-a-puck and "pie in the face of a coach" promotions. For $1, people could purchase a puck to throw to see who could get it closest to the faceoff dot at center ice. Also for $1 per vote, fans could vote for an SCYHA coach to get a pie in the face after playing in the game.

Money raised was donated to Minnesota Warriors Ice Hockey. The Warriors are a nonprofit organization for charitable and educational purposes for U.S. military personnel wounded, injured or otherwise disabled veterans.

The Minnesota Warriors hockey program provides a team for wounded, injured or disabled veterans.

The Minnesota Warriors are the the only USA Hockey Disabled Warrior program in Minnesota. Their focus is on assisting veterans with reintegration into civilian life. The Minnesota Warriors use ice time to build camaraderie and a sense of community. Veterans are often challenged with identity and self-confidence issues after service and hockey assists participants in finding their identities through peer-to-peer support.

"Minnesota Warriors is a fantastic organization," said SCYHA president Jared Smith, a coach who played in one of the games. "Playing hockey with them was a memorable experience and raising money for them and their program is the least that we could do with everything these people have done for us and our country. We look forward to many more years of continued partnership with the Warriors.”

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There are six Warriors teams for men and women in the state of Minnesota. There are four teams based in the Twin Cities and one each in St. Cloud and Duluth. For more information, visit mnwarriors.com .

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Coaches in the St. Cloud Youth Hockey Association (in red) with the Minnesota Warriors after two games were played on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at Ritsche Arena in the Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud, Minn.
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Coaches in the St. Cloud Youth Hockey Association (in red) with the Minnesota Warriors after two games were played on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at Ritsche Arena in the Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud, Minn. SCYHA president Jared Smith (in front) presents the Warriors with check for $2,470 raised on the night for the organization, which helps military veterans through hockey.
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Coaches in the St. Cloud Youth Hockey Association (in red) with the Minnesota Warriors after two games were played on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at Ritsche Arena in the Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud, Minn.
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Coaches of the St. Cloud Youth Hockey Association (in red) face off against the Minnesota Warriors during an exhibition game on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at Ritsche Arena in the Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud, Minn.
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Former Princeton High School defenseman is a Navy veteran, who is an assistant captain for a team designed to provide a recreational, therapeutic experience and education for wounded, injured or

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Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com
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