With the 10-year celebration of the Battle of the Badges just days away, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) announced elements of the pre-game ceremonies for the annual Police vs. Fire charity hockey game, scheduled for March 19 at SNHU Arena in Manchester.
Singing the national anthem will be 11-year-old Isabella Cottrell of Gilmanton. Bella has been a CHaD patient since her first birthday but has not allowed her medical conditions hold her back. She is a talented singer with a love of the stage and a credited page on the internet movie website, IMDb.com.
Bella and her family have been fervent supporters of CHaD and the Battle of the Badges, serving as a CHaD Buddy, a patient who connects with the players and represents the families who benefit from the programs that Badges fundraising supports. Bella is Buddies with Team Fire’s Vinnie O’Connor of the Fremont Fire Department.
The ceremonial puck drop will remember long-time CHaD patient and Bedford resident Emma Bechert. In 2016, Emma lost her lifelong battle with cancer. In her memory, Emma’s puck drop from the 2011 CHaD Battle of the Badges will be replayed on the arena videoboard on game day. While Emma’s spirit fills the arena, the Bechert family will be on the ice and meet with the team captains before the game.
The pre-game ceremonies begin at 2:40 p.m. on game day. Doors to the arena open at 1:30 p.m. with the game slated to begin at 3 p.m.
Eight thousand fans are expected for this family-friendly, competitive game, once again proudly presented by AutoFair. The championship features over 40 police officers and firefighters from across the region, who have dedicated their time and resources over the last several months to support New Hampshire’s only comprehensive children’s hospital. In addition to their ice duties, each player has committed to raising at least $1,500 for the cause, and at press time the teams had combined to generate nearly $125,000, a number that will increase in the final ten days before the game.
Tickets are still available for $10 while kids 5 and under get in free. Fans can purchase tickets at CHaDHockey.org or by calling 603-629-1238. Orders placed by Sunday, March 12 will be sent in the mail. Orders after that date can be picked up at Will Call at SNHU Arena beginning at 10 a.m. on game day. The ticket office will open for in-person game-day sales at the same time March 19.
For additional information, to purchase tickets, or to support a player, visit CHaDHockey.org.