Pembroke Officer Jacqui Parker, the second female to play in the CHaD Battle of the Badges hockey game, will start in the annual contest Saturday at Manchester's Verizon Wireless Arena. She's seen here at the Verizon with her CHaD buddy, Zhala Rashid, at a gathering earlier this winter. (COURTESY)
Battle of the Badges starting goalie no stranger to playing with the boys
The former four-year starting goaltender for the New England College women's ice hockey team grew up playing youth hockey in a boys' program and continued playing with many of them at Keene High School.
“I love being out there with the guys, showing them what I've got,” said Parker, though she admitted she may be more nervous about the venue than her teammates and opponents.
To play in the contest, Parker and her peers agreed to raise a minimum of $1,500 each for Children's Hospital at Dartmouth.
In total, $184,541 had been raised in this year's lead-up to the Battle of the Badges, with the overall goal of $200,000 well within reach given expected last-minute donations and ticket sales to the game.
While many organizations and individuals around the state have donated time, money and services for the annual fundraiser, Parker said, her fundraising efforts have been fueled by a very personal experience.
To donate or help sponsor a player, visit: www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1086001.