GLENDALE, AZ - The Phoenix Coyotes are playing a special game Wednesday to support the families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shot firefighters who perished while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.
The intrasquad game will be at Jobing.com Arena at 7 p.m. and tickets are $5. The ‘Yotes have many opportunities to fundraise at the game.
During warm-ups, players will wear special Yarnell tribute jerseys that will later be autographed and auctioned off to benefit the families. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and Yarnell pins sold by the Glendale Firefighters Charities.
Fans can also donate online at Phoenixcoyotes.com or by texting "Coyotes" to 68494. All the money raised Wednesday will be matched by IceArizona to help the families.
"With our players back in town for training camp, this will be the first opportunity for the Coyotes organization to do something special to help raise funds for the families of those firefighters who were lost in the tragic fire in Yarnell," said co-owner and chair of Coyotes Charities, Dave Duckett.
For Head Coach Dave Tippett, the opportunity to help the hotshots' families hits close to home.
As a teen, Tippett was part of a similar firefighting crew, dropping out of helicopters and into fires that threatened northern Saskatchewan.
"It gives you the ultimate respect for fire and how hard it is to contain," Tippett said. "It's a hard job that has to be done, and firefighters are something that's near and dear to my heart."