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Arlington First Responders Place First in Hockey Tourney

by ARLnow.com April 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm 3,071 13 Comments

The team was formed less than two months ago, and they only got their jerseys the day before their first game, but Arlington cops and firefighters managed to take first place in a charity hockey tournament over the weekend,

The joint ACFD/ACPD team beat Montgomery County Fire (score: 5-1), D.C. Fire (score: 7-0) and Baltimore City Fire (twice) to win their division at the annual D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation hockey tournament in Laurel, Md. They won 5-4 in overtime in the championship game against Baltimore City on Sunday.

Team organizer Sean Spencer says the 30-man roster contains people who have been playing ice hockey since they were kids and people who just took up the sport in the past couple of years. They had great chemistry on the ice, he said, despite only playing together as a team one time prior to the tournament.

“We’re pretty happy with the outcome,” Spencer said. “[The players] are ecstatic we got a team together and were successful at the level we were.”

Spencer says the D.C. and Baltimore fire teams have already asked for a rematch. To facilitate that, he’s planning on talking to Ballston’s Kettler Capitals Iceplex about setting up a charity tournament in a couple of months, to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Photo via Facebook

  • Lou

    They had clergy too?

    • Hah, auto correct strikes again. Fixing that…

  • BrownFlipFlops

    Good on ya’, fellas!

  • G

    Nice Job!

  • CrystalMikey

    Awesome…and like the Kettler idea!

  • jjbug

    Can we see them practicing at the Ballston Ice Skating Rink? jjbug

    • Spencer

      We primarily practice at the Tucker Road Ice Rink in Fort Washington, MD. The staff and management there have been very accommodating with both our requests for ice time and its cost. We’ve spoken with management at Kettler and they have tried their best to accommodate our team but, financially it was too big a commitment. We recognize that their ice time is at a premium and hope to be able to skate there more in the future.

      • flash bennett

        “webster” is that you?

  • JamesE

    good for them, thank god one local hockey team can win a tournament.

  • steve

    Thanks for your support! You can friend us on Facebook — ACFD hockey.

  • Sam

    Awesome use of the old Atlanta Flames logo… We need another team to bring back the California Golden Seals logo.

  • KC Shirlington

    Brilliant — well done!

  • Spencer

    Thanks to DC Fire Hockey for putting together a great tournament to benefit a very worthy cause. DC Fire Hockey along with all other teams involved made this a great experience for the players and fans alike. All the games we played were hard-fought on both sides and the camaraderie was evident before, during, and after play. If you haven’t had a chance to attend, I recommend getting up to Laurel next year to watch some hockey and support the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation.
    Thanks to everyone who came out and showed support, both at the rink and online


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