The Ziff Law Firm will again honor Twin Tiers military veterans this winter with its annual Veteran of the Game program during Elmira Enforcers pro hockey games at First Arena in Elmira.
Unfortunately, the pandemic will keep fans from the Arena for now – but one honored veteran will be saluted during each game’s radio broadcast and on its YouTube channel. Some of the Enforcers’ home games will also be broadcast live on WETM2.
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 email@example.com. 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. Veterans and military personnel generally prefer to avoid the spotlight, but at the Ziff Law Firm, we believe our Veteran of the Game program is an important reminder to all Twin Tiers residents about the sacrifices made by veterans and active-duty military personnel and their families, as well as the challenges they have to overcome after leaving military service.
Robbie Nichols, the owner of the Enforcers and First Arena, hopes fans will soon be able to return to cheer for his Federal Prospects Hockey League team.
“We feel this is the safest way to start play for our players and staff,” Robbie said recently “We are in constant contact with the Chemung County Health Department, and as soon as we are allowed, we will welcome our amazing season ticketholders, sponsors, and fans back in the building. We will let you know and keep you updated on all of our social media and website platforms.”
The Enforcers opened their season with a three-game showcase against the Watertown Wolves on Jan. 29-31 that included the last two games at First Arena.
The Enforcers open their regular season on Feb. 3-4 in Watertown, then return for two games against Watertown on Feb. 5-6 in the home openers at First Arena. Read more about the Enforcers here and see their YouTube channel here to see live games.
The Feb. 5 home-opener, at 7:05 p.m., will also be broadcast live on WETM2.
“We are very excited about the return of hockey to Elmira because it allows us to bring our Veteran of the Game program back to the community,” said Adam Gee, a senior partner with the Ziff Law Firm. “We hope the families and friends of veterans and active-duty personnel home on leave will contact us with nominations because the program honors our unsung heroes and helps to keep veterans’ issues in the spotlight.”
Here is how the program works:
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.