LEBANON, N.H. - The Dartmouth men's hockey team made its annual trip to the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) to deliver gifts that were collected Sunday during its toy drive.
During the Big Green's 4-1 victory against Sacred Heart at Thompson Arena Sunday afternoon, fans brought new, unwrapped toys for the kids at CHaD that the team delivered the following day.
"Thank you so much to the men's hockey team, for another successful toy drive for the kids at CHaD," Holly Gaspar, director of the Child Life Program, said. "Each year the Dartmouth hockey team makes a huge impact to the holidays of so many hospitalized children. Their visit reminds me that we all have a little kid in us, and that play means so much, no matter how young or old you are."
Arriving in the early afternoon dressed in their uniforms (except for Charlie Mosey [Prior Lake, Minn.] who inherited the annual responsibility of a freshman dressing up like an elf), the entire team delivered the toys to children in each room.
Members of the Big Green also visited with family members, cleaned toys in the playroom, helped make ornaments for future craft sessions, signed autographs and posed for pictures.
"This is always something that we all really enjoy and a day I have looked forward to all four years I've been here," senior forward Nick Walsh (Shannonville, Ontario) said. "We know how lucky we are, but it's a great experience for all of us to go over together and give something back to this community that has embraced us. But those kids give us as much as they think we are giving them and that is a great feeling."
Many at the hospital remarked that the number of toys and gifts donated this year exceeded that of previous trips. For that, the players thanked the great fan support that made this visit possible.