The Twin City Thunder are one of the USPHL’s newest franchises, starting out last year with a USPHL Premier team and adding an NCDC team this season.
While the team is always looking for success on the ice, the organization is always looking for ways to give back to worthy causes. Last season, they raised money for two local Maine families by hosting them while having the team wear special jerseys that were auctioned off to fans with money going to both causes.
This season, the Thunder hosted a Pink In The Rink night where they wore pink jerseys to benefit a local EMT, Robin Wooster, who is battling breast cancer; and a youth hockey coach, Jesse Robitaille, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. To make the event more special, the team partnered with the City of Auburn to coordinate painting the ice pink for the event.
This past month, the Thunder held a Military Appreciation game when they took on the Utica Jr. Comets. The team wore special camouflage jerseys that were emblazoned with the Travis Mills Foundation logo.
Once again, the jerseys were auctioned off during the game and the Thunder will make a donation to all three causes.
“We always wanted this team to be tied closely to the community,” said Co-Owner Dan Hodge. “It means a lot to us to have an avenue to give back to causes and help anywhere we are able. We also think it’s very important to show our players what it means to give back and be a part of something special.”
For all the special event nights the team wears specially designed jerseys.
“We work with Pop Tops on the jerseys and they do a fantastic job designing the jerseys and the socks for us, and they also do a great job capturing what the event is about and creating a very nice uniform for our guys,” Hodge added.
The Thunder are eyeing a few more nights to host special events.
“We work with some great sponsors on these nights,” Hodge said. “Spectrum Healthcare and US Cellular have really stepped up to make these nights very successful for the Thunder and the causes they support.”