Fitters beat Electricians in close 3rd Annual ‘Braggin’ Rights’ hockey game

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Hazelwood, MO – Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 narrowly defeated IBEW Local 1, scoring the winning trophy in the 3rd Annual Braggin’ Rights charitable hockey game March 23 at The Mills Ice Zone here.

Eric Levy, an IBEW Local 1 apprentice who is the team’s captain and coach, started the friendly rivalry three years ago. He said the event was exciting for everyone, including the 300 to 400 people in attendance. The final score was five-to-four.

“They tied it up in the last 25 seconds of regulation play and beat us in the shoot out,” Levy said. “The game has been a cool experience for the unions, the guys and the crowds, plus it benefits a charity. It’s really a win-win scenario for all involved.”

This is the third year in a row that Local 562 has won the match. The game raised $3,373 for Foundations for Divergent Minds, an all autistic-run non-profit organization rooted in the principles of disability justice. Its mission is to ensure equity, access and fulfilled lives through inclusive, practical, affirming neurodiversity-based programming and education.

“Congratulations to our hockey team for coming away with a tough win!” Local 562 posted on its Facebook page. “Thank you to the coaches Bob Ellison, Joe Sansone, and Brian McGrath for a fun night for our local, and thank you IBEW Shockers Hockey for another fun charity event.”   – All photos by John Kahrhoff/IBEW Local 1


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