The Sheehan boys hockey team will be honoring one of its own on Friday as the Sheehan boys hockey alumni game will be dedicated to the memory of former assistant coach Rick Garrison who passed away on Jan. 28, 2013 from colon cancer.
The game will begin at 7 p.m. at Choate’s Remsen Arena in Wallingford and admission is free. But there will be a raffle held throughout the event to raise money for the Garrison Trust Fund, which donates funds to Midstate Medical Center in Meriden for cancer research.
“Rick was a personal friend of mine and to see the community come together for such a good cause is nice,” Sheehan boys hockey coach Dave Festa said. “This event has come together very nicely. The response has been very positive across the board.
“The Wallingford Hawks (youth hockey club) are donating the ice because Rick was also a coach there and Jeremy (his son) also played for the Hawks. Cheshire Sports is donating the jerseys and referees from the area have also called to donate their time.”
Garrison was a Wallingford firefighter and was an assistant coach at Sheehan under then-coach Ralph Shaw from 2003-2008. Among the spectators expected to be on hand are members of the Wallingford Fire Department. Former players expected to play include Anthony DePalma, a former assistant coach with Garrison; Rick Garrison’s brother Don; Brian Graham and current assistant coach Jerry Maust. Festa said he will suit up and play as well.
“The building will have a certain pulse, or feeling that is indescribable in that this game will be much more than alumni just coming home to play,” Festa said. “It will be very special in raising money in Ricks honor.
“I coached a few seasons with Rick at the AAA level (youth hockey) and you could see how easy it was for him to make a connection with the players and his ability to teach the game.”