Soo Eagles v. U.S. Coast Guard

January 9, 2016

Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and a team representing the United States Coast Guard will face off tonight in a charity game to raise funds for a foundation that aspires to keep teenagers from using their cell phones while driving.

Tonight’s game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at Pullar Stadium in the Michigan Soo.

Admission is $7 and all proceeds will go towards KDR, an organization named after Kelsey Dawn Raffaele, a Michigan Soo teenager who died in a January, 2010 car accident. She had been using her cell phone at the time.

Kelsey’s mother, Bonnie Raffaele, founded KDR and uses funds raised for the foundation to travel throughout Michigan and warn teens how dangerous it can be to use a phone when behind the wheel.

KDR is also meant to stand for Kids Driving Responsibly.

Mrs. Raffaele said the Eagles involvement in the charity game is fitting because Kelsey was a big fan of the NOJHL team.

The idea for the charity game came when Eagles coach-general manager Bruno Bragagnolo was contacted by an official from the Coast Guard.

Bragagnolo said he hopes that the game can become an annual event.

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