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Cops, firefighters ready for Guns and Hoses hockey game

Annual hockey game benefits several local charities

Cops, firefighters ready for Guns and Hoses hockey game

Local cops and firefighters are ready to battle it out on the ice Saturday night for the 2nd annual Guns and Hoses game in Coeur d'Alene.

They have serious day jobs, and it's not always that much fun, so the chance to get out on the ice and beat each other up a little bit is a welcome respite, especially since the game will support some great causes.

"It's going to be a huge event, even better than last year twice as big, three times ... I don't know it's going to be huge," Troy Speziale said.

Speziale and Taylor Carr hang out together every day in an ambulance.

"We got our minds together one day and over six weeks made this thing happen," Speziale said.

"It's going to be epic. It's gotten bigger and better, more prizes, more charities, the community has really come together," Carr added.

Carr attended the Guns and Hoses game in Spokane and wanted to bring the fun over to Kootenai County.

"We enjoy hockey and we decided lets use it and do some charity," Carr said.

They're helping out four charities this year: The Post Falls food bank, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Kootenai County Fire and Police Memorial Fund and one very special cause.

Post Falls Head Football Coach Jeff Hinz, who is currently battling cancer.

"The guy's a fighter and his family has really stepped up and put together the Coach Hinz Tackle Cancer and we are real proud to be a part of that. He is a local hero a very courageous man," Speziale said.

You can help the cops and firefighters help Coach Hinz by showing up Saturday at the Frontier Ice Arena shortly before the puck drops at 7:30 to participate in the raffle. Several local businesses stepped up with donations for a raffle, with the top prize being an autographed puck and picture from the great one, Wayne Gretzky.

And the guys promise one heck of a game.

"Tempers do seem to flare up a little but we leave it here on the ice," Carr said.

Tickets are $7 or $5 if you bring two canned food items. Kids under 12 get in free.