ANCHORAGE (KTUU) Normalcy. That's what the Mustang Hockey Association strives for this season after having more than 150,000 dollars embezzled by its former treasurer.
"It's been difficult. Fortunately, we had a little bit of money left over and we got some help from the insurance company to kind of keep us afloat, " MHA president Joey Merrick said.
It's in times like these, people see the good in others. That's exactly what the hockey community did for MHA.
"Without help from the community, and everything that we've had, we wouldn't have been able to be successful, at the level that we are," Merrick said with a smile.
Some of those community sponsors include the Eagle River Hockey League., who is sponsoring one of the kids in the program. Merrick says its been great community outreach for everyone.
For the players, it's business as usual.
"I think my favorite part about playing with this team is just playing and having fun and making friends," Alaska Wild member Kendra Comer said with a grin.
Her teammate Roxie Merrick agrees.
"Just getting that extra time in with your best friends and your new ones," Merrick says.
The league is still waiting for the funds to be paid back, but until then, they know they can rely on the community to have its back.
"I think we're heading in the right direction. I feel like we haven't missed a beat, to tell you the truth," Merrick said.
With that in mind, organizers get to make sure players are focusing on what's really important.
"Playing with my teammates, shooting the puck and scoring goals," fellow Alaska Wild teammate Amaya Ayojiak said.