By Palmer Moody
On a cold and snowy mid-December Friday night under the lights of the Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink in Cicero, the host Lyons Township Lions, the Hinsdale Central Red Devils and their fans came together to continue its Winter Classic game tradition and raise funds for a worthy charitable cause.
The Lions wore special military themed uniforms in recognition of its “Salute to Service” initiative and along with Hinsdale Central raised more than $750 for the Semper Fi Foundation. The foundation provides a number of support services for Marines and their families including health and wellness support, educational scholarships, online family resources and continues to raise public awareness for the need to support these servicemen and women and their families.
Lyons Township Hockey Club honored two alumni who served their country in the military:
- Kyle Nicholson is a 2004 graduate of Lyons Township and played on the hockey team for the 2000-2001 season. He is the brother of current head coach, Sean Nicholson. Kyle joined the U.S. Army in 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 where he conducted roadside route clearance. He served four years active duty and four years as a reserve.
- Josh Misiewicz is a 2006 graduate of Lyons Township where he played hockey for three years. Following graduation, he played for two seasons at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota, and enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 2010 and was deployed to Afghanistan in early 2011 with the 1st battalion of the 5th marine regiment. Josh was injured in July 2011 when he stepped on an IED and lost both of his legs. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery and service and, following rehabilitation, has continued his hockey career as a member of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. He was a member of the team that won the Gold Medal at the World Sled Hockey Challenge in 2015.
Hinsdale Central prevailed in both contests winning the JV game 3-1 and the Varsity game 3-2 in OT.