ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Over the Veterans Day weekend teams across the country took time to recognize those who serve, and the Alaska Warriors hockey team wasn’t any different.
Before their practice Monday the team, made up of disabled veterans, held a prayer, 22 seconds of silence, and an 11-second salute to recognize those who serve. The reason behind the 22 seconds of silence is to remember the 22 veterans who commit suicide across the country every day.
"It's a chance for veterans who have their own issues, deal with their demons, but when they come on the ice it's an hour of getting away. It's just hockey," said Marine Corps veteran Brad Ross.
The Warriors Hockey team is meant to create a community of like-minded people. The team says it typically gets 30-40 players who meet every Monday night in Eagle River, and Saturday morning in South Anchorage.
"Getting out of the military you're basically on your own, and once you come back to find a group of veterans,” said Army Veteran Hugo Medina. “Just makes everything, recovery a whole lot easier."
The hockey team is free for disabled veterans, and competes every year in the National Disabled Hockey Festival.