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Veteran Hockey Players Meet in Hospital Benefit Saturday
by Jonathan Weaver up of several Pittsburgh-area right wing for the Belmont Holdcroft, remembered those
It may not be televised or high schools that play at the Boys and recalled getting into days since he had to receive
sold-out, but county residents Ice Connection on Route 8 - a lot of on-ice battles with the 16 stitches in his forehead
have the opportunity to see holds the edge in series play All-Stars. and broke his hand 12 years
a rivalry hockey game this 17-15. “We played against these ago in the charity game. He
weekend. Gary said neither the series guys back in high school in expects a full squad to travel
The Belmont Boys and the record nor the current three- the mid-to-early `70’s and into Kittanning this week-
Lakeview All Stars will meet game losing streak affects used to get in a lot of fights end, with roughly 80 percent
in the 33rd Annual Children’s the Belmont Boys or dona- with them and became friends of the team comprised of the
Hospital Benefit Game Satur- tions. – you get respect for people original rivalry players.
day in Kittanning. “We just play because we when you fight with them a He expects his team to
Complex Director Gary like playing,” Gary said. little bit,” Larry said. “When be prepared after playing in
Montebell credits his father, “Everyone contributes mon- we first started this, it was weekly pick-up games at the
Hugo, for organizing the ey. We take donations at the full-contact.” Ice Connection.
event. door. We generally raise $4- Larry won’t be playing in “We love coming up every
“My father and I were 600 a year.” the game this weekend due year,” Holdcroft said.
talking about it at the time Gary’s cousin, Larry Mon- to refereeing at the Cambria Game time is set at 6PM
and Dad was like ‘Well, why tebell of Worthington, also County War Memorial for the and is expected to last an
don’t you guys do a benefit plays mainly for the thrill University of Pittsburgh at hour and 15 minutes. Con-
game for Children’s Hospi- of the game. It was decided Johnstown Ice Cats. cession stand foods will also
tal?’” Gary said. “When we eight years ago that the series Lakeview Defenseman Bob be available.
started in the early `70’s, the would be declared tied, when
ice wasn’t as busy because we Larry said the series became
didn’t have as many teams, so more lopsided.
we had blocks of time if we “We did until about five
didn’t have a public session, years ago when they started
so from a programming and getting younger players and
charity standpoint, that was we kept the original guys that
brought up and we were like played,” Larry said. “We’re
‘Hey, good idea.’ still active on the ice, but our
That first game was held hockey skills have dwindled.
in 1977 against the Royal You get these young guys out
Travelers, but later became there that can just outright-
a yearly game between the fly and you can’t catch them
Belmont Boys - made up of – it’s just that simple. But,
mostly-Armstrong Arrows - it’s for a good cause and we
and Lakeview All-Stars, who all have fun.
knew each other as players “At mid-50, its fun to be The ice at Belmont Complex will be filled with veteran
played in high school or ama- able to still skate,” Larry hockey players from the area during the 33rd Annu-
teur programs. said. al Childrens Hospital Benefit Game this Saturday at
Lakeview – which is made Larry regularly played 6PM.
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