TOMS RIVER – A charity hockey game will hope to spread some cheer and seriously assist a local family – with the support of the police community.
The Team Hansen Hockey Game takes place 7 p.m. February 18 at Winding River Skating Center on Whitesville Road. Toms River Police Officer Brett Hansen is seriously injured at a time when his family is also facing medical issues.
To help, the charity hockey game will serve as a fundraiser for the family.
The idea for a charity game came from Camden County Police Department, where Hansen worked before joining Toms River PD.
According to the Toms River PBA: “Our injured brother Brett Hansen’s old police department (Camden County PD) contacted us for a benefit hockey game to help his family with mounting medical bills. The TRPD happily accepted the challenges and the game is on!”
The event will feature the game, plus some activities for the kids, and a gift auction flush with prizes. It’s billed as “bad hockey for a good cause.”
Admission is a $10 donation to the Brett Hansen Fund, free for kids 12 and under.
An after party event is at Charlie’s Pizza and Pub, Route 37 in Manchester, with admission there for a $5 donation. That event begins at 9 p.m. and features live music from Fly on the Chicken.
Hansen was severely injured in an off-duty car accident on the Garden State Parkway. He has been with the Toms River police force since August 2015.
There’s a GoFundMe Page set up for Hansen.