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January 2018

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View past and present at BONUS CONTENT VIDEOS PAST ISSUES Digital Editions 12 // DECEMBER 2017 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM O F F T HE D R AW PHOTO S FROM USA Hockey Magazine Archives O F F T HE D R AW // By Jason Kates COMMUNITY S A VOLUNTEER EMT, Anthony Spina is trained to spring into action whenever a medical emer- gency arises. Even in the middle of a hockey game. Spina's training was put to the test during a Sept. 29 game between his team, the N.J. Colonials White, and the Jaguars 18AA Black when Jaguars goalie Luke Martini collapsed on the ice with 5:14 left in the game. After noticing what was trans- piring, Spina knew he had to act quickly. "To be completely honest, I was actually a little confused because the goalie was up and fine and all of a sudden the next moment we look back down the ice and he was just lying on the ice," Spina recalled. Colonials coach James McKnight quickly encouraged Spina to offer assistance. "I went over there immediately and asked how the kid was," Spina said. "He came to at that point, he apparently blacked out. I took the basic vitals, asked him some ques- tions and made sure he was alright until the ambulance arrived." Given the nature of how the game was going before the incident, Spina described the situation as "interesting," but knew he needed to render aid. "It was a tie game so there was a little tension between us," he said. "Still, I instinctively went over and offered my assistance to the kid with whatever he needed." Spina's father Anthony Sr. was on a flight when the incident occurred. He only heard about what hap- pened later from another parent. "It seemed natural to me that READ, REACT, RESCUE that'd be something he'd do," Spina Sr. said. "He worked really hard. He was there two-three nights a week for months and months training to be an EMT. This is just his training kicking in." Mike Shingle, the president of the Colonials organization, also com- mended Spina for his actions. "The whole Colonial family was proud of him for stepping up and supporting another player during an emergency situation," Shindle said. "He showed excellent sportsmanship that we want all Colonials to have." As news of Spina's actions continued to spread through the hockey world, he received praise from all around the country, including a letter from USA Hockey President Jim Smith and being honored with the Walmart Community Playmaker Award at a New Jersey Devils home game. "To say the least, it's been quite interesting. I didn't expect to get so much praise for such a little action," said Spina regarding the attention. "It's truly an honor, but I'm just glad I was able to help the kid." P Anthony Spina is honored with the Walmart Community Playmaker Award at a New Jersey Devils game. Quick-Acting EMT Comes To The Aid Of Opposing Goalie DECEMBER 2017 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM // 13 3 WHEN USA HOCKEY ICON JEFF SAUER passed away in February, family and close friends began searching for an appropriate way to honor his legacy. The head coach of two-time national champions at the University of Wisconsin and the bench boss of back-to-back gold medalists at the Paralympic Winter Games, Sauer was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014. To honor his memory, the Coach Sauer Foundation was created to support the areas of the game that the Fort Atkinson, Wis., native dedicated much of his life to, such as hearing impaired and sled hockey. Part of the foundation's goal will be to provide scholarships to help kids who can't afford skates and other hockey equipment, and to help fund a Midwest disabled hockey festival in March. "It's a work in progress," said Dan Brennan, the director of the Sled/Inline National Teams. "The family and Tony Granato at Wisconsin and some local people are wrapping their arms around it right now. "Due to kind of his legendary status we're all hopping on board and helping out with the project." Brennan reflected on the type of person Sauer was, calling him a 'true man of our sport.' "He was a very humble person. He was someone who wasn't interested in getting the credit, he was interested in seeing the players get the credit for his accomplishments," Brennan said. "He had time for everybody, whether it was a Zamboni driver or the scout for the Montreal Canadiens. He treated everyone exactly the same." Fundraising efforts officially kicked off on Nov. 2 with a banquet, which correlated with a camp held by the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team in Madison, Wis. Foundation Ensures That Sauer's Legacy Will Live On By Jason Kates LEGACY CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIPS Jan. 19-21 Lake Placid, N.Y. The Olympic Center Feb. 23-25 Lansing, Mich. The Summit & Suburban Ice March 2-4 Coral Springs, Fla. Florida Panthers Ice Den March 16-18 Indianapolis Carmel Ice Skadium & Fuel Tank at Fishers March 9-11 (21+) Lancaster, Pa. Regency Sports Rink March 23-25 (35+) Lancaster, Pa. Regency Sports Rink April 6-8 Columbus, Ohio Chiller Arenas April 26-29 Anchorage Subway, Dempsey-Anderson, Ben Boeke (Men & Women) May TBD Laurel, Md. Gardens Ice House May 11-13 Denver Boulder Sport Stable (Women's) May 18-20 Kalamazoo, Mich. Wings Stadium & Wings West July TBD Vacaville, Calif. Vacaville Ice Sports (Women & Wine) POND HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS Feb.9-11 Eagle River, Wis. Dollar Lake NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS April 19-22 Men's 30, 40, 50, 60, 65, 70+ Wesley Chapel, Fla. Florida Hospital Center Ice April 26-29 Women's 30, 40, 50, 60+ Ellenton, Fla. Ellenton Ice NHL EVENTS Feb. 16-29 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim, Calif. The Rinks Throwback Classic March 23-25 Dallas Stars Dr Pepper StarCenters Adult Classic April 13-15 Vegas Adult Classic Summerlin, Nev. City National Arena 2018 USA Hockey Adult Schedule A Each team will play 4 games throughout the weekend (1 game Friday night, 2 on Saturday, 1 on Sunday). We are planning to have 3 divisions, A, B and C, to provide the best player experience we can. Players can sign up individually (we will assign a team) or as part of a team (must be 16 and older). Team Huddles will be held prior to each game and will cover the FCA 2018 Camp eme: STRONG, based on 2 Timothy 4:7 Additionally, we will host a Friday night Praise and Worship service / welcome, breakout sessions, a family banquet on Saturday and a closing Chapel on Sunday. For more information or to sign up, visit 1 5 T H A N N U A L Men's Christian Cup Tournament Hosted at the Germain Arena - Estero (Fort Myers) Florida — April 6-8, 2018 —

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