Players help kids decorate hockey goalie masks days before first home game of the 2022-2023 season on October 29

Albany, NY; Wednesday, – The Adirondack Thunder, the Capital Region’s professional hockey team, celebrated Halloween today with children from the Albany Ronald McDonald House in advance of its 2022-’23 home opener at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.

Thunder Head Coach Pete MacArthur and players from the team helped the children get in the spooky spirit by decorating hockey goalie masks during the special visit, which took place just days before the Thunder’s home opener against the Worcester Railers on Saturday, October 29.

The hockey players traveled from Glens Falls to the Albany Ronald McDonald House to celebrate the haunted holiday with the children. In addition to mask decorating, the kids were treated to free Thunder souvenirs and merchandise.

“We were very excited to return to the Ronald McDonald House and spend the afternoon celebrating Halloween with the kids as we kick off our 2022-’23 campaign,” said Adirondack Thunder Team President Jeff Mead. “The players and coaches had a great time decorating goalie masks with some of their bravest, young fans.”

Operated by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc., the Albany Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home, free of charge, for families with children who are terminally ill or undergoing treatment at Albany Medical Center Hospital for life-threatening illnesses or injuries.

“Ronald McDonald House draws upon the compassion of our community to provide for children and families when they need it most,” said Ronald McDonald House of the Capital Region CEO David Jacobsen. “We are so grateful that the Adirondack Thunder continue to be a leading force in our community. We thank Coach MacArthur and the players for joining our families for a Halloween celebration, sharing their love with all of the children at the House.”

The Thunder host the Worcester Railers in its home opener on Saturday, October 29 at 7 p.m. The first 1,000 young fans through the doors on Opening Night will receive a free youth hockey jersey, presented by Glens Falls Hospital.

The Thunder will again host the Railers on Sunday, October 30 at 3 p.m. The first 2,000 fans at Sunday’s matinee will receive a Thunder magnet schedule, presented by ABC Restaurant Supply.

The Thunder is an affiliate of the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils and American Hockey League’s Utica Comets.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Capital Region (RMHC-CR) draws on the compassion of our community to deliver and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and families.  RMHC-CR operates three core programs: Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room®, and Ronald McDonald Family Retreat.  Since 1982, the Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home, free of charge, for families with children in treatment for illness or injury at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med.

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