CASTLETON - On Dec. 12, the Castleton State College Castleton Hockeywomen's ice hockey team held National Guard Appreciation Day at Spartan Arena during the game against Saint Michael's at 3 p.m. All National Guard members and their families were admitted into the game for free.
In addition to free admission, any member of a National Guard's family were given a free season's pass at the game for the remaining of the women's hockey season if they so chose to obtain it.
Among the festivities on the day, First Class Sgt. Cisico Herrera performed a ceremonial puck drop alongside his daughter and Castleton women's hockey player, Jessica Herrera, at center ice. Sgt. Herrera will be deploying to Afghanistan in January to serve the nation.
Herrera was also accompanied by a National Guard color guard for the presentation of the colors during the singing of the national anthem Dec. 12.
The game was broadcasted live on Northeast Sports Network. Jack Healey, voice of the Spartans, provided the play-by-play coverage of the event.