The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the North American Hockey League wrap up the 2012-13 season this weekend against the Austin Bruins at Riverside Ice Arena in Austin on Friday night and back home on Saturday at the Onalaska Omni Center at 7:00 p.m.
The Chill’s impact on the community has been more than just wins and losses in the standings. Chill players knew that part of the experience of coming to the Coulee Region was to contribute to the many causes that are bigger than the sport they love and with that said, put in over 464 hours of volunteer service into a variety of those causes. Examples of volunteer campaigns included players ringing bells for the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, the winter coat drive and the Gundersen Lutheran Children’s Miracle Network phone-a-thon where Chill players took calls from the amazing contributors to the cause. Chill players also took time to visit classrooms and inspired young students to read and make healthy food choices, a program sponsored by McDonald’s.
The Coulee Region Chill also partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities and hosted a special night for “Team Caleb” at the Omni Center for Children’s Miracle Network in cooperation with Altra Federal Credit Union. Youth hockey was a major focus for the Chill players in 2012-13, as they made regular visits to practices in many of the youth hockey organizations to share their talents and experience with the young aspiring players.
The Coulee Region Chill saw generous strides being made in attendance from the first half of the season to the second half, with an increase of 18%. The Chill organization also takes pride in being a support to local businesses which have come to rely on our fan base to increase the local economy.
Chill majority owner’s Michelle and Kevin Bryant would like to thank the great sponsors, fans, players, volunteers and host families that help to support this franchise and look forward to the 2013-14 NAHL hockey season!