PHANTOM CHARITY GAME: FEBRUARY 15, 2014
On Saturday, February 15, 2014 members of the West Michigan Phantoms were able to participate in a very special
event for a great cause. For the first time in the team's history, the team was asked to play in a Charity Game at Van
Andel Arena in Downtown Grand Rapids to help support the Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation. The Youth
Foundation was established in 1995 by the Grand Rapids Griffins (American Hockey League team) to promotes
academic excellence, community involvement and healthy lifestyles among the youth of West Michigan, enhancing
their lives through hockey and ice-related sports.
This event was spearheaded by Brian Dudek and Kevin Wootton as a way to bring two groups of hockey teams that
have battled against each other at multiple rinks together in a new venue for a great cause. 30 players and 2
goaltenders squared off with hundreds of family members and friends in attendance to all support the foundation in a
game that was quoted by a member of the Griffins Front Office as 'One of the Most Competitive and Intense Games'
they have ever had at Van Andel in an event like this. The game took place between the West Michigan Phantoms
(Walker Ice & Fitness Team) and MOS Office Solutions (Patterson Ice Arena Team) and again featured many players
who have played against each other for nearly 11 years.
Despite multiple lead changes during the course of the 60-minute game, several fights and a highly competitive
nature of both teams, MOS Office Solutions would cap an empty net goal late in the third period to come away with a
8-6 victory over the Phantoms. Following the Charity Game, members of both teams hit the bars in DownTown Grand
Rapids to hang out and later in the evening all gathered to watch the defending Calder Cup Champion Griffins take on
the San Antonio Rampage at Van Andel.
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