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PLYMOUTH, Mich.- The second annual Play With Purpose Charity Hockey Game presented by Hockey Has Heart featuring several notable hockey players from the NHL, NCAA and the junior ranks, will take place at USA Hockey Arena on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 4pm ET; doors will open at 3pm.
The Play With Purpose Charity Hockey Game was created to honor the memory of the late Mitchel Kiefer and to increase the awareness of the consequences of distracted driving.
Mitchel was killed by a distracted driver on September 19, 2016, while driving to Michigan State University after a weekend at home. Mitchel played his last hockey game in August of 2016, when he joined the summer interns of Gallagher-Kaiser (GK), in an employee vs. intern game. The following year, the interns decided to dedicate the event to Mitchel, creating the annual Play With Purpose game.
This year, GK’s memorial game will be presented by Hockey Has Heart.
“We are honored to be a part of such a special event,” said Bob Kaiser, owner and CEO of Gallagher-Kaiser. “We look forward to joining USA Hockey Arena and the other sponsors to put together a memorable event that helps tell Mitchel’s story, while raising funds to increase awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.”
Notable players participating in the game include former and current NHL players such as Tie Domi, Danny DeKeyser, Luke Witkowski, Derian Hatcher, Mickey Redmond, Dalton Prout, Steve Oleksy, Eric Nystrom, Ryan Barnes, Kraig Nienhuis, and Eddie Ward. Additional players are expected to be announced at a later date.
In addition to the charity game, the event will feature a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, live music performances and special guest appearances.
“Our entire family is humbled for the amazing platform that this event will bring to Mitchel’s memory and our mission to end distracted driving,” said Steve Kiefer, Mitchel’s father and founder and Chairman of the Board for the Kiefer Foundation. “We are so happy to see the progress that our relationship with USA Hockey Arena has taken since the dedication of the rink in December and look forward to continuing our relationship to positively impact the lives of young people.”
Advanced tickets can be purchased for $10 at USAHockeyArena.com, by calling 734-453-8400 or by visiting the USA Hockey Arena Box Office located at 14900 Beck Road, Plymouth, MI, 48170. Tickets sold at the door will be $12.
About USA Hockey Arena: Opened in 1996, the USA Hockey Arena is a multi-purpose 2 rink facility located in Plymouth Township, Michigan. Originally known as the Compuware Sports Arena, it was renamed to USA Hockey Arena in 2015 when the USA Hockey Foundation purchased the arena. The main arena encompasses approximately 190,000 square feet with one main seating level, private suites and press boxes. The creative design of the arena affords the opportunity to provide 3,504 seats for hockey games and 4,500 seats for concerts and other performances. The smaller arena was dedicated in December 2017 in Mitchel Kiefers memory.
About The Kiefer Foundation: The Kiefer Foundation aims to combat distracted driving through its “Eyes on the Road, Hands on the Wheel” campaign by encouraging drivers to take a more active role in increasing the number of distraction-free drivers on the road. More information about the Kiefer Foundation is available at www.mkiefer.org.
About Gallagher-Kaiser Corporation: Founded in 1952, Gallagher-Kaiser Corporation (GK) is a privately owned, Michigan based turn-key supplier of Paint Finishing Systems, Commercial HVAC and Mechanical Automotive Systems. GK has grown to become the world’s top paint finishing supplier. Universal Piping Industries (UPI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gallagher-Kaiser. More information on GK and its subsidiary can be found at www.gkcorp.com.
About Hockey has Heart: Hockey has Heart (HHH) is a small group of volunteers that provide business and fundraising activities, events and communications to Michigan hockey families facing life altering challenges.
Founded and received 501(c)(3) status in 2003, HHH has raised and distributed over $2 million for hockey families and charities.