In a typically quiet season for Boise State’s hockey club, the team made noise Saturday, Nov. 11, when they teamed up with Meals on Wheels for their annual “Meals on Wheels game” against the University of Idaho.
Meals on Wheels is an organization focused on helping get meals to senior citizens. Their primary focus is to serve seniors who are homebound and unable to prepare meals for themselves. The organization is responsible for serving over 900 senior citizens throughout Boise and Ada County on the weekdays and over 700 on weekends, according to their website.
The Broncos hockey club and Meals on Wheels team up annually for one game to help raise money for the organization. This year, the team was able to raise $27,250 for Meals on Wheels, thanks to a nearly full crowd.
“The game is definitely beneficial for both parties, especially for awareness and exposure,” said hockey club president Joshua Kincaid. “Each year, Meals on Wheels receives thousands of dollars due to generous donations, sponsors and the ticket admission. As a club, we’re able to show the community that the Idaho Steelheads isn’t the only hockey team, and that we’re also a lot of fun to go to.”
The team has been working with the Meals on Wheels organization for about seven years. The Meals on Wheels game has raised a grand total of $200,000 over the time the two have been working together, and the game is typically the team’s highest attended game of the year.
“There should be a bigger awareness about (Meals on Wheels) on campus,” said Boise State student Katie Stanley. “I didn’t know that it existed until now.”
As for the game itself, Boise State dominated over the University of Idaho, defeating them 12-0. While the win was a team effort, Zachary Walden and Connor Hoernlein stood out in particular, combining for seven goals (Walden four, Hoernlein three). The team also featured three different goaltenders who combined for a 19 save shutout.
Following the win, Boise State is now 10-1-1 on the season and holds the highest win percentage in their division at .875.