Chelsea cropped - Meet Our First 2021 Veteran Of The Game: Chelsea Speer

Chelsea Speer.

Chelsea Speer of Spencer, NY, a Coast Guard veteran who served in Louisiana, was the Ziff Law Firm’s first Veteran of the Game when the Elmira Enforcers professional hockey team opened its 2021 season on Friday. Feb. 19, at First Arena in downtown Elmira.

There were no fans in the stands during the game because of the pandemic, but the public address announcer saluted Chelsea so fans watching the game on the Enforcers’ YouTube channel could honor the former second class petty officer while watching at home.

The Enforcers beat the Port Huron Prowlers 10-0 on opening night.

Chelsea CG photo - Meet Our First 2021 Veteran Of The Game: Chelsea SpeerChelsea enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 2009 and left active duty in 2016 to pursue a career as a professional paralegal in Louisiana. In 2020, she moved to New York State to work as a paralegal for the Ziff Law Firm.

While in the Coast Guard, Chelsea spent three years managing oil spill responses in the navigable waterways of Louisiana. She was also president of the Coast Guard Enlisted Association, a volunteer organization that supports enlisted members who are suffering through, or have suffered through, hardships and tragedies through fundraisers and general support.

For her service, Chelsea was awarded the following:

  • Two Good Conduct Medals.
  • Two Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendations.
  • A Coast Guard Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon.
  • A Coast Guard Achievement Medal.
  • A National Defense Service Medal.

The Ziff Law Firm thanks Chelsea for her service to our country,


Twin Tiers residents can nominate veterans and active-duty personnel home on leave to be honored during home games by calling the Ziff Law Firm at 607-733-8866 or 800-943-3529, or sending email to Our mailing address is listed at the bottom of this post for those who want to mail nominations.

We will send information by mail or email once you contact us, and self-nominations are always welcome!

The Veteran of the Game program is a great opportunity to thank Twin Tiers military veterans and active-duty military personnel for their service to our country.


Once a veteran or active-duty member is nominated, the program coordinator contacts the nominator and schedules the veteran’s night to be honored. Those making nominations may request certain games and we will do our best to accommodate all requests. One veteran is honored at each game.

During the game, the public-address announcer will introduce the honored veteran or active-duty service member and read a short biography of their military service. When fans return to First Arena, the announcer will encourage a round of applause for the honored military member, who receives four free tickets for the game. Hockey fans always let out a big cheer for the veterans.

See the Enforcers’ schedule here.


Call: 800-943-3529 or 607-733-8866 during business hours weekdays.
Ziff Law Firm
Veteran of the Game program
303 William St.
P.O. Box 1338
Elmira, NY 14902-1338