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Sundogs, CHL support non-profit Goodies-4-Grunts

The Arizona Sundogs and many teams from the Central Hockey League came together in support of Goodies-4-Grunts and donated team jerseys that will be sent to units of the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan. Many troops of this division are from Fort Drum in upstate New York and are home to some incredible hockey fans.

Six years ago Goodies-4-Grunts, a non-profit 501(c)(3), was founded in an effort to provide much needed items to men and women serving around the world. Throughout the year Goodies-4-Grunts raise and collect items such as toiletries, food and recreational items that are sent to a point-person who has agreed to distribute the items to the troops in their command.

Sundogs sponsor Bar-S Machine, located in Chino Valley, played an important role when they introduced the two organizations, jump starting the relationship between Goodies-4-Grunts and the Sundogs. "It's businesses like Bar-S Machine and people like Murrell that truly embody the true meaning of the word, giving," said Chris Presson, general manager of the Arizona Sundogs. "The service that these men and women provide our country is an invaluable one and one that allows us the freedom and security to offer the sports entertainment that we do. We hope that with the contributions that we and the league have donated, that just for a moment our troops can enjoy the simple things."

Founder and Director of Goodies-4-Grunts Murrell Worth expressed his gratitude by saying, "I'm very excited that through the assistance and support of the Central Hockey League and the Arizona Sundogs, that we are surprising young servicemen and women with something completely beyond their imagination."

"The Goodies-4-Grunts program that the Arizona Sundogs have offered is a great program that the Missouri Mavericks are proud to be associated with. We are thrilled to be able to give back to our troops in any way possible and we sincerely appreciate the efforts of the Sundogs to coordinate this program on behalf of all CHL member clubs," said Brent Thiessen, president and general manager of the Missouri Mavericks.

Phoenix entrepreneur and former National Hockey League goalie Randy Exelby, owner of Behind the Mask, has donated hockey sticks and balls that will be sent overseas.

"Hockey is a game of passionate players and fans. Being able to share our passion is why we do what we do. We are grateful and honored to support our troops. A big thank you to the men and women serving our country," said Exelby.

To learn how the public can contribute, visit Goodies-4-Grunts online at www.goodies-4-grunts.org.

The Arizona Sundogs are the Central Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes. Season ticket information is available by calling 928-759-6600, or visiting arizonasundogs.com.

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