A Community Invaded by Monsters

When it comes to the Lake Erie Monsters, it isn’t just lacing up the skates and hitting the ice for practice or a game. The players also give back to the Cleveland community in a big way. While playing in 76 games this season the team also took part in various off-ice events. Here is just a glimpse into some of the goodwill festivities the Monsters participated in this season:

Respect Tour:
Several Monsters players as well as Sully and in-game host Olivier Sedra went to local schools throughout Northeast Ohio to raise awareness about giving others a level of respect as part of the Monsters Respect Tour presented by The Ohio Lottery. Players told stories about their time as a kid and how respecting others throughout the years has helped them achieve goals in life. After the presentation, the players gave kids a chance to ask questions as well as get their autographs. Read More

Charter One Take the Ice: Charter One partnered up with the Lake Erie Monsters this season to give kids from local YMCAs a chance to hear how to persevere through tough times and keep pushing to excel your goals. The kids were also treated to a few videos on the jumbotron then laced up the skate with the help of players Evan Brophey, Cedrick Desjardins, Eric Hunter and Mark Olver and hit the ice. Read More

Build a Monster: With the opening of the brand new Mythical Creatures exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Greg Mauldin and Joel Chouinard came out to take a look at the exhibit and help a few friends create their own "monsters." Mauldin and Chouinard helped kids make some interesting and neat creatures out of play dough. Kids were more than thrilled to play with clay and get a few autographs from their favorite Monsters. Read More

Noodle Hockey: In what has become an annual competition for the Monsters, players like Mike Brennan and Tyson Barrie went to St. Mary of the Woods in Avon to play against a few folks in a game of noodle hockey. The residents who eventually won the game had a blast laughing and enjoying time with a few of the players. Read More

St. Herman’s House of Hospitality: In what is known as a time of giving, the Monsters went out to lend a hand and serve food on the west side of Cleveland during the holiday season. Patrick Bordeleau and Justin Mercier helped prepare some of the food as well as hand it out to the community. Read More

City Mission: In the middle of an extensive stretch of road games, Ryan Stoa, Trevor Cann and a few others took time during their only break at home to throw a pizza party at the City Mission in Downtown Cleveland. The Monsters partnered with Zeppe’s Pizzeria to hand out some slices, sign a few autographs and play a few games of floor hockey with the local kids. Read More

Tip-a-Monster: In what has become a fun yearly event, the Monsters invited fans to a special dinner at the arena. In support of Monsters charities, fans were given the chance to bid in a silent auction as well as a live auction where model Zach Cohen auctioned his gameworn Browns Night themed jersey. Players were seen walking around serving food and drinks to the many fans in attendance. Players were also tipped money to do whatever the fans wanted. For instance, Mike Brennan was tipped to serenade the crowd. Read More

Tour with the Monsters: The annual tour presented by Time Warner Cable and Zeppe's Pizzeria, was back in full swing again this year as fans got a chance to watch the Monsters practice at local arenas throughout Northeast Ohio. After the hour long practice, fans were given the chance to skate with the Monsters players on the ice as well as get a few autographs along the way. Read More

"Big Shots and Little Stars": The Lake Erie Monsters teamed up with the Cleveland Cavaliers for a star-studded event that raised money for Flashes of Hope and the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Coach Quinn along with players Greg Mauldin, Ryan Stoa, Cameron Gaunce and Patrick Bordeleau took to the red carpet along with other notable Cleveland celebrities. Inside everyone was treated to food and drinks while bidding on autographed memorabilia and experience packages in a silent auction. Read More

Parma Community General Hospital: Taking time out of their busy schedule Tyson Barrie and five other Monsters players went to Parma Community General Hospital to cheer up some Monsters fans and encourage patients to keep fighting. As players entered the room faces lit up with excitement and laughter. Read More

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