Coast Guard Hockey, which collected money during its annual 19th Annual Admiral's Floor Hockey Cup and 17th Annual Commandant's Ice Hockey Cup, raised $1,000 for the memorial being planned at Air Station Sitka, Alaska for the fallen crew members of CG-6017.
The Coast Guard Foundation will match this donation in full as part of the effort to build a monument on the grounds of Air Station Sitka to honor LT Sean D. Krueger, AMT1 Adam C. Hoke and AMT2 Brett M. Banks, who lost their lives in a helicopter crash on July 7, 2010 near La Push, Washington. A totem pole, which will be crafted by the Tribal Government of Sitka, Alaska, will memorialize the three fallen crew members. A walkway surrounded by benches will provide a place for quiet reflection at the memorial.
Tournament organizer "Hockeyman" Paul Deary said that the hockey players really got behind the idea of supporting the Sitka memorial project. Each tournament features roughly a dozen hockey teams, made up of about 15 people per team, that come from all over the country to compete.
The ice hockey tournament was held in Hyannis, Massachusetts in April, and the floor hockey tournament took place in March in Warwick, Rhode Island. Eligible members of a team must be active duty, active reserve, retirees and full-time employees of the Coast Guard, members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, or be immediate family members of Coast Guard personnel. Deary said the tournaments are the major events for the Coast Guard Hockey club teams, and that people look forward to them every year.
"Our players stepped up to help those in need," Deary said. "I have had a lot of players over the years thank me for doing these tournaments; however, this year everyone was truly onboard."
Brad Sisley, Foundation Vice President of Development, commended Deary on his efforts.
"Building the Sitka memorial allows people who support the Coast Guard community an opportunity to permanently honor the brave men who lost their lives in the line of duty, and Paul and the hockey team's help will go a long toward that goal," Sisley said.