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Police-Teacher Hockey Game

by mvolpe
Thu, Apr 27th 2017 08:45 am

 The high-flying Niagara

Falls Police Department
hockey team will return to
Hyde Park ice on Friday
for a charity game against
teachers from the Niagara
Falls School District.
"We've wanted to play the
teachers in past years in a
round-robin with the fire
department (hockey team),"
Falls Police Officer Paul
Kudela, a police team captain,
said. "But we haven't
been able to arrange it."
While the police team has
recently emerged as a powerhouse
law enforcement
team, the teachers' team is
reportedly a relatively new
entry to competition. Kudela
said the teachers are eager
to hit the ice.
"You know, we wanted to
play and they wanted to play
and we were able to get (ice
time)," Kudela said. "So we
decided this was a good time
to do it."
The puck will drop at 7
p.m. Friday and tickets, at
$10, will be available at the
door at the Hyde Park Ice
Pavilion. There will also be
a basket auction and 50-50
raffle.
All the proceeds from the
game will go to cover costs
associated with post-prom
events for Niagara Falls
and Niagara Catholic high
schools.
"We want to keep our
(high school) seniors safe,"
Kudela said.
In the past, the Falls Police
Foundation has provided
financial support for postprom
parties as well as offduty
officers to watch over
the festivities.
"We want (porm-goers) to
be safe and have a fun event
for after the prom," Kudela
said.
It's not clear if the teacher's
team is aware that the
NFPD is fresh off its second
tournament win of the year.
The police team captured
the Buffalo Police hockey
tournament trophy two
weeks ago at HarborCenter
in Buffalo.
"I don't know if they
(know the police team's
record)," Kudela said with a
laugh.