AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Exactly one week after the capture of the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, several Boston Police officers are in Western Massachusetts, but instead of guns, they're carrying hockey sticks.
The third annual "Ice Stars for Wounded Warriors Celebration" is taking place at the Mullins Center Ice Rink this weekend. Members of the Boston Police Department are playing in the hockey tournament, despite their exhaustion from the long hours and mental strain they experienced last week.
"We were put through some tough stuff," said Officer Gerry Cahill, a 1997 UMass graduate. "We never thought we'd be put through, or see stuff like we saw last week. And people that have been in wars said they've seen stuff like that and never expected to see it again."
Officer Garvin McHale told 22News, "All the other departments say 'great job!' And it means a lot to hear other people say it as well."
This year, in addition to supporting wounded American servicemen and women returning from combat, the "Wounded Warriors Project" will split its proceeds with "The One Fund Boston".
The Hockey Championships will be played until 2:00 Saturday afternoon. A figure skating performance starts at 7:00.