Members of the police team and fireman
teams battle it out during last year’s
event. The 2012 Guns N Hoses event will
take place on Sunday, Feb. 19, starting
at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 and include
admission to the 5 p.m. Des Moines Buccaneers
game. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/x1A4s6
(Children's Cancer Connection). For
tickets contact Travis Hamilton at 515-250-7583.
Local police and firefighters hit the ice for
a good cause
Although there might be a bit of a rivalry,
local police officers and firefighters come
together and work hard to protect residents
of our fair city. But next Sunday, the two friendly
factions will turn into bickering siblings when
they hit the ice for the seventh annual Guns
N Hoses Benefit Hockey Game on Sunday, Feb.
“Guns N Hoses is a Des Moines tradition, and
not only is it a fun rivalry to watch, it’s
for a good cause,” said Travis Hamilton, Johnston
police officer and event chair. This will be
the first year the game will be played at Buccaneers
Arena, and Hamilton couldn’t be happier.
“We approached them about hosting the game this
year, and they wanted to know what took us so
long to ask them,” Hamilton laughed. “It’s been
a great partnership, and Buccaneers Arena seems
like the perfect fit for us.”
Although the players rarely get to practice
as a team before the game, most participants
are ready to play.
“Most of the guys play regularly in different
adult leagues throughout the winter, so they
are in great playing shape,” said Hamilton,
who plays center for the police team.
Every year the game benefits a different charity,
and this year the game’s proceeds will help
the Children’s Cancer Connection.
“My son is currently going through chemo treatments,
and other players have family members that have
dealt with cancer, so we thought it would be
a great cause,” Hamilton said. “The Children’s
Cancer Connection is a great local charity,
and we’re happy to be working with them.”
Admission to the game is $12, which includes
admission to the 5 p.m. Buccaneers game. Hamilton
encourages people interested in attending to
buy the tickets prior to the game.
“We encourage everyone to buy tickets from the
police or fire department as well as from the
Children’s Cancer Connection website because
all of the money goes to charity. If they get
their tickets at the door, it does not,” Hamilton
said. “All of the officers playing have tickets
for sale or people can buy them from me.”
Although this is a charity event, the teams
get serious on the ice.
“There is a competitive nature to the game,
and there is even a little trash talk prior,”
Hamilton said. “It’s a hockey game, not figure
skating, and we play hard. I got three teeth
knocked out last year.”
Along with the game, there will be plenty of
“There will be plenty of events going on during
intermission including a firefighter relay race,”
Hamilton said. “We’ll also have a silent auction
with some cool items and T-shirts for sale.
We’re selling red and blue shirts representing
each team. By my count, the police officers
will be way ahead, but I’m excited to see how
many blue shirts and red shirts will be in the
Although the game is competitive, the real winner
is the Children’s Cancer Connection, which is
why Hamilton encourages everyone to attend.
“A lot of people only see us in our uniforms
helping them out, but this a great chance to
see public servants in a different light. Plus,
it’s a fun event that will help raise money
for this amazing charity,” he said. “We encourage
everyone to come out as our goal is to fill
Buccaneers Arena and make the game environment
more fun and exciting for everyone.” CV