Firefighters Top Cops In Hockey Face-Off

Chris Volpe PhotosThe fire department won the New Haven “chief’s cup” back from the police in an annual charity hockey game at Ingalls Rink Saturday. The final score was 6-3; last year the cops prevailed. Above, U.S. Sen. Dick Blumenthal drops the puck for the annual Chief’s Cup at Ingalls Rink Saturday. Facing off for the teams are firefighter Scott Ferrie and Police officer DK Runlett.

Police Chief Dean Esserman congratulates Police Officer of the Year Lou Rivera during a special ceremony at the beginning of the game.

Firefighter Jaimie Polite greets Chief Michael Grant. Polite was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; he was one of two beneficiaries of the proceeds from the game. The other beneficiary was the family of late police Officer David Knickerbocker, who died from leukemia in December.

New Haven Chief Michael Grant congratulates Firefighter of the Year Pablo Melendez and his family.

Ryan Knickerbocker is flanked by NH police officer Lou Rivera and Lt. Jeff Hoffman.

Firefighter Rob Celentano scores the team’s first goal.

Fair Haven top cop Sgt. Herb Johnson clears the puck during first-period action. (“Sad to see the cup go, but we’ll get ‘em next year,” Johnson said after the game.)

Firefighter Ryan Gilhuly takes a shot.

Firefighter Scott Ferrie and Police Officer Dan Sacco chase the puck.

Fire Department goalie Pat Cannon makes a kick save.

Cops score.

Firefighter Pat Cannon was named the game’s most valuable player. For coverage of previous year’s games, click here, here, and here.

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