Release date: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
Soo Eagles active with Christmas visits
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. — The Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League have a good history of being actively involved in the community.
Among the many community services the Eagles perform include annual visits to the elderly during the Christmas season.
In fact, this week marks the sixth year in a row that Eagles players and staff have visited five elders homes in the Michigan Soo — Freighter View Assisted Living, McKinley Manor, Hearthside, War Memorial Hospital Long Term Care and Tendercare Nursing Home.
In all this week, the Eagles gave out more than 250 presents to the elders of the Michigan Soo community.
Eagles players also assisted the Salvation Army in helping to give out presents to the needy of the community.
“From day one, we as an organization have always tried to not only develop hockey players but also develop young men as adults and tried to emphasize the importance of giving and helping out in the community they live and play in,” said Eagles coach-general manager Bruno Bragagnolo. “We have been very fortunate that we have had quality and character young men be part of our organization over the years.
“This year is no exception as the boys have done a phenomenal job helping out in the community with what ever we have asked of them,” added Bragagnolo. “We have a quality group of character young men who enjoy giving back to the Soo community in any capacity.”
Eagles forward Jake Hernandez, who is from the Detroit area, said visiting with the elderly as Christmas approaches “is something that makes you feel good. I really enjoyed chatting with the folks. You can tell by talking to them that us visiting them is special, especially at this time of year. It’s nice to be able to give back to the community for the way they support us.”