35th annual Pigs-N-Heat charity hockey game

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MARQUETTE — Tonight was the 35th annual Pigs-N-Heat charity hockey game supporting victims of house fires in the Upper Peninsula.

Over the years, approximately $440,000 has been raised from the Pigs-N-Heat fundraiser. That money goes towards buying necessary items for local families displaced by house fires. It also provides temporary housing while the families get back on their feet.

Mike Hoffman has been involved with this event from the beginning. 35 years ago he was a player for the pigs, now he’s one of their coaches.

Hoffman jokes, “As these players have gotten younger, I’ve switched to coaching.”

Hoffman adds that the event has exceeded their expectations from 35 years ago. 

He says, “This is fascinating. I believe when we started this 35 years ago because of a house fire and a family in need and we just wanted a benefit game. There’s no way we imagined this would be going on 35 years later, with the support we get from the community.”

With nearly 3,000 people attending the game each year, countless volunteers are needed. Many are police and fire crew from across the U.P. 

Dan Novak, Captain of the Richmond Township Fire Department says, “We choose to get involved because we’re already in the line of helping our communities. We serve and protect so this is just another way we can help out.”

For more information on the Pigs-N-Heat charity hockey game, you can visit their website here.

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