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About the Game

In March 2017, the Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship celebrated 10 seasons of Red vs. Blue to support the kids and programs at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.  A record night saw nearly $275,000 raised for CHaD, pushing the grand total to just shy of $2 million in the event's history. 


Police won the fundraising battle and the match on the ice to improve the all-time series to 6-3 in Police's favor.


Team Fire - All-Time Stats


Team Police - All-Time Stats 


The officers and firefighters who play in the 2018 game will raise at least $1,500 for the privilege to play on the ice. Most will surpass that goal by a wide margin, thanks in part to the relationship they build with their CHaD Buddy, a patient at CHaD who provides a tangible connection to the work CHaD does and the programs the player fundraising support.

You too can join the battle by supporting a player or purchasing a ticket to the game. Learn more about CHaD.


HISTORY OF THE GAME


2008

The CHaD Battle of the Badges was born in 2008. Prompted by WMUR Sports Director and event founder Jamie Staton, an enthusiastic bunch of firefighters and police office got together, raised some money, played some hockey and had a great time. The event raised a remarkable $77,000 for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Team Police won the game, 9-3.


Champions: Team Police 9, Team Fire 3

Highest Team Fundraisers: Team Fire

Highest Individual Fundraiser: John Sylvester, Portsmouth Fire

 

2009

Bragging rights were officially on the line in 2009. To sweeten the pot, the winning team would not only take home the trophy, but would also capture the use of the Monarch’s Visitors’ Locker Room the following year. The event raised a very impressive $102,000 while Team Fire evened the series with a 7-3 victory.


Champions: Team Fire 7, Team Police 3

Highest Team Fundraisers: Team Fire

Highest Individual Fundraiser: Mike Dore, Nashua Police

 

2010

The gloves came off in 2010 with Fire winning its second in a row, 4-3. Many players, now seasoned veterans of the event, hit their stride, and the event went to new heights. The event raised an amazing $131,000 until a late anonymous donation brought the event total to an astonishing $231,000.


Champions: Team Fire 4, Team Police 3

Highest Team Fundraisers: Team Fire

Highest Individual Fundraiser: John Sylvester, Portsmouth Fire

 

2011

The 2011 CHaD Battle of the Badges was intense, competitive and wildly fun to watch. At the conclusion, nothing was left on the ice but memories, a taste of success for each team, and pride in the $202,000 raised for CHaD kids and families. Team Police evened the series thanks to its 4-2 win.


Champions: Team Police 4, Team Fire 2

Highest Team Fundraisers: Team Fire - $65,730

Highest Individual Fundraiser: Mike Dore, Nashua Police - $12,823

 

2012

The event was tied up at two games apiece going into 2012. Five years of smiles, spills, and countless hours by this group of truly heroic and dedicated individuals culminated in a tiebreaking game with Team Police pushing ahead on the heels of a 5-2 win. Over $180,000 was raised for the kids at CHaD that night and the scales tipped in the Police Team’s favor.


Champions: Team Police 5, Team Fire 2

Highest Team Fundraisers: Team Police - $73,475

Highest Individual Fundraiser: Mike Dore, Nashua Police - $16,125

 

2013

The event took on a different look in 2013 and raised $194,000. The best of the red and blue joined forces in the first-ever CHaD Battle of the Badges All-Star Hockey Championship. The state was split into East and West, and firefighters and police officers from the same communities played together. The game also welcomed back a Badges favorite and local hero, Manchester Police Officer Dan Doherty, who was injured in the line of duty in 2012. Team West took all-star honors, 6-5.


Champions: Team West 6, Team East 5

Highest Team Fundraisers: Team East - $67,500

Highest Individual Fundraiser: Mike Dore, Nashua Police - $14,000

 

2014

In 2014 the game took back on its original stance of Police vs. Fire and proceeds soared to $231,000. The 2014 Badges win went to Team Police, with a final score of 5-4 with Keith MacKenzie of the Rochester Police Department scoring the game-winner. Badges’ only female player, Jacqui Parker of Pembroke Police was the winning goalie, with 29 saves. Fire fighter Jeff Clattenburg of Lebanon Fire scored two goals for Team Fire.


Champions: Team Police 5, Team Fire 4

Highest Team Fundraisers: Team Police - $81,055

Highest Individual Fundraiser: Mike Dore, Nashua Police - $12,000

 

2015

The 2015 battle went to Team Fire, with a final score of 7-4. Over $238,000 was raised for the kids at CHaD! The game winning goal scored by Manchester Fire’s Mike McGaffigan put Team Fire up 5-4 in the third, and they finished the night with two empty net goals. Top Team fundraiser for the event went to Team Police, which raised $89,478, and Badges player Officer Michael Dore of the Nashua Police Department was honored as the Top Individual Fundraiser with over $15,152 raised.


Champions: Team Fire 7, Team Police 4

Highest Team Fundraisers: Team Police - $89,478

Highest Individual Fundraiser: Mike Dore, Nashua Police - $15,185

 

2016

Team Police jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first period en route to a smashing 12-5 victory in the ninth annual CHaD Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship. Kevin Kelly of Amherst started the scoring in the first period for Team Police. Dover Police’s Chris Plummer led all players with four points (two goals, two assists). Barry Kendall of Candia and Michael Snide of Claremont had two goals each for Fire. Christian Henault of Hartford had three assists for Fire.


Team Police was the Top Team Fundraiser with $70,297 collectively. Michael Dore from Nashua’s Police Department was the top individual fundraiser for the seventh time in eight years with a total of $16,630. He has raised more than $100,000 individually. The game itself generated $210,935 for CHaD, pushing the all-time total to $1,672,000.


Champions: Team Police 12, Team Fire 5

Highest Team Fundraisers: Team Police - $72,634

Highest Individual Fundraiser: Mike Dore, Nashua Police – $16,630

 

2017

To celebrate ten years of Badges Hockey, it was only fitting that numerous records were set. The game generated nearly $275,000, the most in its ten-year history. Team Police led the fundraising efforts by collectively raising over $100,000 while Team Fire put up a combined $81,000. Police were victorious on the ice as well, posting a 9-1 triumph. In nine games with the police vs. fire format, the men in blue have a 6-3 series lead.


Champions: Team Police 9, Team Fire 1

Highest Team Fundraisers: Team Police – $100,746

Highest Individual Fundraiser: Mike Dore, Nashua Police - $25,725

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