HANOVER, N.H. – On Thursday afternoon, the Dartmouth men’s hockey team made its annual visit to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) to deliver gifts from November’s toy drive.

The 2013 visit was another great success thanks in large part to the generous donations of fans during two games in the days following Thanksgiving. The Big Green were able to bring nearly five full cars of toys to CHaD.

“This was my third year being a part of this day and it is always one we all look forward to,” junior center and team captain Tyler Sikura said. “As a freshman, you get a tour of the facility and see what goes on here and it really sticks with you. Every year we get to come back and deliver the toys is a special event for our entire group.

“It may only put a smile on their face for a little while, but it is great to know that you had at least a small role in helping them feel better for that time,” Sikura added.

The team is split into smaller groups and makes their way into rooms to deliver gifts to kids currently battling illness. Others stay in the main room and play games and talk with families, doctors, nurses and hospital personnel about the important work that goes on at CHaD daily.

Also making the trip to CHaD this season was second-year team member Caleb Nelson, who joined the Green last season through Team IMPACT.

Dartmouth hockey would like to once again thank fans who donated toys either at the games last month or who sent them in to make sure they were included in Thursday’s visit. Your continued support of the team and the CHaD Toy Drive every winter is what makes this event not only possible, but also a great success.