CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton men's hockey team will host a pair of weekend events with the 12th annual Armed Forces Appreciation Night on Friday followed by the eighth annual Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday at Spartan Arena.
The Spartans host Suffolk University in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) matchup at 7 p.m. on Friday. All active duty and retired military personnel receive complimentary admission- no ID required. The Castleton University Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) color guard will present the colors in a ceremony prior to the game.
Also on Friday, the Castleton women's hockey team takes on Johnson & Wales at 4 p.m. All active and retired military personnel can also attend that game as the school's guests.
Castleton then completes its six-game homestand on Saturday at 4 p.m. in an NEHC contest with Johnson & Wales University. All fans with a stuffed animal are admitted free of charge. The stuffed animals will all be thrown onto the ice when Castleton scores its first goal or following the second period of play- whichever occurs first. The toys will be collected by the Marine Corps League and distributed to local children through the Toys for Kids campaign.