Guns slap the cuffs on the Hoses, 3-2

It was a memorable and record-breaking night at the Roanoke Civic Center last Saturday as the Guns edged the Hoses, 3-2, in front of 6,400 fans, the largest crowd in the 11-year history of the game.

More importantly, the 11th annual Guns vs. Hoses hockey game raised a record $33,500 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The one-goal game marked the closest final score in six years when the Guns won 4-3 in a shootout in 2008. The win gives the Guns a 9-2 record in the 11-year history of the series. The Hoses’ two victories came in 2009 and 2013.

On behalf of the MDA, organizers, volunteers, coaches, and players, we offer our deepest gratitude and appreciation to all those who attended the game, sponsored it, or made a donation.

About MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. We do so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. It’s special work powered by special people who give generously. Visit mda.org and follow us at facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews.

More than just a hockey game!

It’s game week! This Saturday, we will drop the puck on our 11th game. And while the game itself has always been a lot of fun and very entertaining, it’s not the only fun you and your family will have that night!

We will have chuck-a-puck for kids 10 and under, with the winner getting a Kindle Fire HD, courtesy of Norwinski Insurance.

Be sure to bring your dancing shoes because the winner of the crowd dance-off will receive two tickets to the Darius Rucker concert in Roanoke on March 1.

A lucky fan will get a shot on goal with the chance to win up to $500 courtesy of Member One Federal Credit Union. We will also have door prizes and in-game trivia questions!

Hoses defeat the Guns, 4-2!

The Hoses celebrate their fourth and game-clinching goal.

For just the second time in 10 years, the Hoses beat the Guns.

This year’s game raised about $28,000! Thanks to everyone who came out to watch the game and a big thanks to all of our sponsors listed on the left side of this post.

We’ll have more information about tonight’s game in the days ahead, but wanted to get an update on the site right away. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Miss Smith Mountain Lake to sing National Anthem

Only two more days until the big game! And we have even more exciting news: Miss Smith Mountain Lake 2013 Nicole Wimmer will sing the National Anthem at Friday’s game! Not that you needed another reason to come to the game, but in case you did, here you go!

Miss Smith Mountain Lake, Nicole Wimmer

Miss Smith Mountain Lake Nicole Wimmer will sing the National Anthem at the 2013 Guns vs. Hoses hockey game.

Your chance to own a special 10th anniversary, game-worn jersey

Just when we thought our 10th anniversary game couldn’t get any more exciting, we have some news that’s going to up the ante: GAME-WORN JERSEYS!

These special edition jerseys will be worn during the game and then immediately raffled off, sweat and all, to the winning raffle tickets. Only 500 raffle tickets will be sold and you can only get them at the game. Each ticket costs $10, and you can buy as many as you can before we sell out.

So if you want a chance (or several chances) to win this very special jersey and support a great cause at the same time, get to the game early and get your raffle tickets before they run out.

The front of the special 10th anniversary hockey jersey to be worn by the Hoses team on Jan. 4, 2013.

The front of the special 10th anniversary hockey jersey to be worn by the Hoses team on Jan. 4, 2013.

The back of the special 10th anniversary hockey jersey to be worn by the Hoses team on Jan. 4, 2013.

The back of the special 10th anniversary hockey jersey to be worn by the Hoses team on Jan. 4, 2013.

A message from Rick Kowalsky

Rick Kowalsky currently serves as the head coach of the AHL’s Albany Devils, the top minor league team of the New Jersey Devils.

Rick played for the Roanoke Express from 2001-2004 and made his second ECHL All-Star team in 2003, in which he served as a team captain.

In this video, Rick sends a message to the players, coaches, fans and supporters of the Guns & Hoses charity hockey game in Roanoke, Va., as they celebrate the game’s 10th anniversary on Jan. 4, 2013.

A message from a Roanoke Express alumni

Clark Jersey backWe’ve heard from several former Roanoke hockey players as we get closer to our 10th annual Guns & Hoses Hockey game. Today, we hear some words of support from Jason Clarke, who played for the Roanoke Express from 1994-1996.

Clarke was a fan favorite because of his agressive style of play. Clarke holds the Roanoke Express records for most penalty minutes in a single season (491) and for a career (958).

And now a message from Jason:

“I would like to say congrats to Guns & Hoses for their 10th year. I have donated my OHL jersey which I wore when I was 17 years old. I hope it raises money for a great cause. I really miss the Roanoke Valley — it was my favorite place to play. If it wasn’t for Frank Anzalone, I’m sure I would have retired there. Pack the round house!”