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NOVA, GMU Ice Hockey and Prince William Ice Center partner to support grieving military families

Northern Virginia Community College hockey, George Mason University hockey and Prince William Ice Center are joining forces to host a charity fundraiser exhibition classic on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. inside Prince William Ice Center, 5180 Dale Boulevard, Woodbridge. All game proceeds go to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

John Woods, CEO of Telos and chairman of the board for TAPs, will drop the ceremonial puck to start the game.

TAPS offers compassionate care to those grieving the loss of a military loved one. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. TAPS has assisted more than 70,000 surviving families, casualty officers and caregivers nationwide and worldwide.

“TAPS is grateful for the support of these great organizations. Because of the money raised by our community partners, TAPS continues the important mission of bringing hope and joy back into the lives of those who have sacrificed so much,” said Diana Wright, TAPS Director of Development.

The game features two of the area’s top programs as both NOVA and George Mason received national rankings over the past two seasons. NOVA has the fifth best win-loss record in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) South Region since 2015 and George Mason qualified for regionals in the ACHA Atlantic region in 2016. 

“George Mason hockey and Prince William Ice Center have been friends of our program for nearly a decade, so I cannot think of a better way to start the season than partnering with these groups to support such a wonderful cause,” said Barrett Haga, head coach of NOVA hockey. “TAPs has a special place in my heart as it provided a strong foundation when my close friend lost her husband in service to our country.”

"The whole George Mason hockey family is looking forward to this very special charity event along with NOVA and the Prince William Ice Center,” said Mason head coach Morgan Munizza. “TAPS is an absolutely first-class organization that does great work for the family members of the brave men and women of this country, and we're excited to have the opportunity to give back to them through this special event."

“I am delighted to support TAPS by hosting this extremely important event at Prince William Ice Center,” said Bill Hutzler, owner of the center. “Everyone at the rink is honored to help make this event a success for the benefit of TAPS programs.”

Tickets are $10 and can purchased at http://www.novaathletics.com/x/4wf5h . Tickets are also available at the door.  No discounted or special tickets are available since this is a charity fundraiser game. 

Media Contact: Kathy Thompson | 703.764.0896 | kathompson@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.