From left, Detroit Red Wings alumnus Darren McCarty; Sgt. Mike Ronan and his service dog, Julie; Guardian Angels Medical Service Dog recipient Sheldon Ewers and his dog, Roy; GAMSD founder Carol Borden; and Dan Stahl get ready to begin the 2018 game during Power Play for Heroes. The 2019 Power Play for Heroes event will take place Nov. 9 at St. Clair Shores Civic Arena.

From left, Detroit Red Wings alumnus Darren McCarty; Sgt. Mike Ronan and his service dog, Julie; Guardian Angels Medical Service Dog recipient Sheldon Ewers and his dog, Roy; GAMSD founder Carol Borden; and Dan Stahl get ready to begin the 2018 game during Power Play for Heroes. The 2019 Power Play for Heroes event will take place Nov. 9 at St. Clair Shores Civic Arena.

Photo provided by Stahls Automotive


Hockey game to honor veterans

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 4, 2019

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ST. CLAIR SHORES/CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP — Taking time to thank and recognize veterans for their service, Stahls Automotive Collection will once again host Power Play For Heroes, beginning with a hockey game in St. Clair Shores.

Team Stahls will play the Detroit Red Wings Alumni team at 12:20 p.m. Nov. 9 at St. Clair Shores Civic Arena, 20000 Stephens Road. Although Stahls can’t specify all the alumni who will be participating in the event, Darren McCarty is one confirmed player.

“We have a really nice lineup,” said Wendy Taylor, of Stahls public relations. “There will be memorabilia there from Red Wings alumni and apparel. There will be autograph signing in between periods.”

Power Play for Heroes honors veterans and those currently serving in the military while also raising money for Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, a nonprofit organization that trains and donates medical service dogs to veterans and first responders living with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and other medical conditions.

“I have worked with many veterans and have a number of family members who have served,” Ted Stahl, executive chairman of Stahls and founder of the Stahls Automotive Collection, said in a statement. “I try to give back a small piece in comparison to what service members have done for our country.”

Local veterans will be honored before the puck drops, and there will also be a moment of silence before the game for the late Ted Lindsay.

Tickets for the hockey game, which is open to the public, cost $10 at the door, and there will also be a variety of raffles and gift baskets that will help raise money for Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs.

Taylor said that the service dog organization has been the event charity for the past three years.

“Their passion for the cause is pretty clear when you meet any member of the group,” she said. “Once we were able to see all that was involved in training these dogs and the amazing things they could do, it was a pretty clear vision.”

She said the event raised nearly $30,000 in 2018, and organizers hope to surpass that this year.

“We’re hoping this will be our third dog that we can donate to them,” she said.

The two-day event continues at Stahls Automotive Collection, 56516 North Bay Drive in Chesterfield Township, with a Veterans Day Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged. T-shirts and 2020 calendars featuring the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dog training program will also be sold at the event.

Taylor said that the event has hit capacity at St. Clair Shores Civic Arena in the past, with more than 1,000 people attending, and organizers expect a similar turnout for the open house at the Automotive Collection, where visitors can see the collection of almost 100 classic and vintage vehicles, jukeboxes from across the decades, a 1924 Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, and wartime memorabilia and military vehicles from the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy.

It’s easy to see that veterans enjoy the event, she said.

“You get some very inspiring stories and you have a lot of dialogue with the veterans, because something about hockey, cars, music and dogs — there’s something for everyone,” she said. “Just being able to be among other veterans and talk in a relaxed environment where everything is fun and easygoing and is there for them to enjoy and network — that’s what the day is all about.”

For more information, visit stahlsauto.com.

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