Morrisville Mustangs Men’s Ice Hockey fell to the Brockport Golden Eagles on Saturday but rose to the occasion and continued to raise awareness regarding STOP DWI. SUNY Morrisville’s Athletic Department and Chief Paul Field, Chief of University Police, believed this was a great way to reach and educate the student population, especially the day before the Super Bowl.
As supporters entered, they received a stress hockey puck with the STOP DWI logo on it, provided by STOP DWI Madison County. As fans walked through the foyer, a table was set up for educational purposes. Fans were able to participate in hockey trivia regarding driving while intoxicated to enter to win Mustang apparel, provided by the athletic department.
Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood, University Police Chief Paul Field, and President David Rogers escorted Mr. Dalton Buss to the ice for the puck drop to honor his brother Kane Buss. Kane Buss, a 2013 graduate of Oneida High School, was killed by a drunk driver in January 2015. Buss was an aspiring law enforcement student. Dalton was accompanied by Mike and Claudette Buss, his fiancé, Morgan Simmons, and close friends as they watched him drop the puck in honor of Kane. The Buss family was available to meet and talk with people throughout the game to share memories and talk about how their lives have been impacted. They gave out pins with pictures of Kane along with bracelets that say #KB31, in remembrance of him.
Fans heard PSAs throughout the game from the players about safe practices and reminders to have a plan to get home safe when consuming alcohol. Other players talked about driving under the influence of marijuana and how dangerous it is. At the end of the game, Morrisville athletics opened the ice for “Skating with the Mustangs”. People of all ages got on the ice and enjoyed skating along with the team. Even though the team lost, they were winners in a lot of people’s eyes on Saturday. Always remember to have a plan when you are going out because one life taken is one too many.