U.S. Service Member Killed in Afghanistan Honored at Nebraska Hockey Game

by Michael Freeman

Back in August, the Kabul airport attack claimed the lives of 13 United States service members. At a recent Nebraska hockey game, a local team decided to honor one of them and his sacrifice.

According to Fox News, the Omaha Lancers, a Nebraska hockey team, honored a U.S. veteran killed in the Kabul airport attack at their latest hockey game. Marine Cpl. Daegan Page received the honor as part of the Lancers’ “Hometown Hero” program. The initiative honors United States military members, as well as first responders, at every game in recognition of their service.

Prior to the start of the game, Page’s family participated in a ceremonial puck drop. Additionally, the family received a Lancer’s hockey sweater with Daegan’s name on it.

“We are heartbroken to have lost our beloved Daegan, but events like this help reassure us that many, many people recognize the depth of our loss,” Page’s mother, Wendy Adelson, stated. “Daegan was a hero to his family and friends before Aug. 26, when he and 12 other service members gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our U.S. citizens and countless others in Afghanistan.”

Adelson also mentioned Page’s love of hockey and how honored they are her son was recognized for his service. “Daegan absolutely loved hockey — playing it and watching it — and we’re certain he would think this event, in particular, was really cool. We are honored to be in such great company to celebrate Daegan. This is his kind of crowd, and he will surely be smiling down on all of us.”

Page joined the Marines after graduating from Millard South High School. After serving, he planned to move back to Nebraska and go to trade school.

Army Veteran Writes Hockey Novel and Talks About Sports Helping Wounded Warriors

While serving our country, veterans always pay a price. Whether it’s time, an injury, or even their lives, they give a piece of themselves for us. Recognizing this, an Army veteran wrote about hockey’s healing power and how sports help our wounded warriors cope and function as rehabilitation.

Brad Huestis spoke to Stars and Stripes about his book, Ahab: A Hockey Story, and how sports help our veterans deal with their physical and mental injuries. Combining his own personal experience with fiction, Huestis told the outlet “The story is 100 percent fictional but the background is 100 percent real.”

In the book, a U.S. soldier loses his leg in an accident while parachuting into Poland for an exercise. It details what troops go through when suffering an injury and how difficult it can be for them to get help. With the sport functioning as rehabilitation and a place of solace, hockey spurs protagonist Will Foley to help fellow injured veterans by making his own hockey team.

Released earlier this year, those interested can buy it online.