Teachers and faculty members from the Juneau School District braved the Treadwell Arena ice Sunday to take on the Crimson Bears' high school hockey team and raise money for Juneau-Douglas' inaugural season.
The game featured spirited competition and a loose atmosphere. A nearly packed arena looked on as faculty and students competed and collided with each other in support of Juneau's newest team.
The high school team controlled the tempo and scored throughout the contest, despite a self-imposed handicap of occasionally playing with the wrong end of their sticks.
The fans enjoyed the game, which had a raucous finish. With one minute remaining, both teams cleared their benches and took to the ice for a wild and frantic finish. Amazingly, the referees missed this slight rules infraction.
"Everyone is just having lots of fun getting in the school spirit," said onlooker Janine Reep. "I think people are genuinely excited about Juneau having a high school hockey team."
The JDHS students held on to win 8-4, despite the late free-for-all.
To help fund the team, parents and volunteers sold T-shirts, and concessions and held a spaghetti dinner. The hockey team must pay for ice time at Treadwell and for the traveling teams' expenses, according to Blue Line Club member Tom Mayer.
The Blue Line Club is a parent-run organization that organizes support and fundraising events for the team.
"It costs about $3,500 to bring each opposing team here," Mayer said.
The hockey team receives no financial assistance from the school.
The Crimson Bears will play games Jan. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28. Tickets for the game are $5 in advance or $8 at the door. The first four games of the season have been sellouts.
"You can't even go to the movies for that price. It's really good entertainment." said onlooker Walt Chapman, a fourth-grade teacher at Harborview Elementary. "Besides, this team is an ambassador of Juneau to the rest of the state.
"We get a chance to shatter a lot of the stereotypes some people may have about Juneau's inaccessibility to the rest of the state when these teams from the Interior come here to play."