• Jon Kohan

Local Veteran Hockey Team Needs a Few Assists to Reach Their Goal

written by: David Nicoletti

Johnstown General player all smiles during a game at 1st Summit Arena

Did you know there's a veteran hockey team who plays at 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial? Did you know they go by the name, the Johnstown Generals?

The Johnstown Generals are a veteran hockey team with members from multiple branches of the United States Military. The extended sense of brotherhood helps transition team members from the battlefield to civilian life, using hockey to assist with the process. 

So far, the Generals have played a couple of scrimmage games at 1st Summit Arena. These games tend to take place during the evenings on the weekdays. Their last scrimmage was last Thursday (September 10, 2020) where the Generals took on the Johnstown Guns.

The Generals next scrimmage will be held on Wednesday September 16th, where they will once again take on the Guns at the War Memorial. Puck drop is set for around 8:20pm. 

The Generals are in need of some help and hope the local community can help them reach their fundraising goals. Chad Burnosky, leader of the team, has organized a fundraiser for the Johnstown Generals hockey team. He stated the following in the description of the team's GoFundMe page:

“We ask for your support to raise additional funds to help pay for ice rentals and any future games/tournament costs. The Generals hold an annual Veteran's Day game, in conjunction with our local NAHL Johnstown Tomahawks, and also travel to several tournaments within our region that benefit other veteran and law enforcement teams. Thank you in advance for any donations, and we hope to see you at our future events.”

You can visit the team's GoFundMe page to donate, learn more, and watch them race towards their final goal.

For more information about the Johnstown Generals, see their schedule, view the roster, and more, check out the team's official website https://johnstowngenerals.com/

If you'd like to get into contact with the team for any reason you can reach them by e-mail at jtowngenerals@gmail.com

We will continue to follow this story and the General's fundraising efforts and keep everyone up-to-date with this story.

The following are some businesses that help the Generals take to the ice to play games as well as help veterans in various off ice ways:

Veteran Affairs: For assistance with disability compensation, education benefits, or healthcare.

Patriot Hills of NY: Patriot Hills of NY is committed to provide direct and effective support to returning veterans and their families, in a customized facility that provides necessary services and enables them to reconnect, transition, reintegrate and receive therapeutic healing.

Sideline Swap:  SidelineSwap is where athletes buy and sell their gear. Find great deals on new and used equipment, or list your gear for free in seconds. 

USA Hockey: USA Hockey’s Warrior Hockey Discipline is dedicated to injured and disabled US Military Veterans who have served our country and play the sport of ice hockey. As one of the Disabled Hockey Section's newest disciplines, the Warrior Hockey Discipline is growing across the country.  While some of the participants played hockey prior to being injured, many try it for the first time for therapeutic reasons.   

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