Huntsville Hockey Team Wreaking Havoc On The Ice While Building Relationships In The Community


Huntsville, Ala. – Hockey is a rough sport.  While the ice can be brutal, when it comes to giving back outside of the rink, the Huntsville Havoc do just that.

One of the ways they give back is through the 11th annual Melissa George night to raise money for the Regional NICU at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children which will take place on March 11th.  As many of my readers in North Alabama know, Amy George, who used to work for WHNT 19, had two children in the NICU and one of those children passed away.  From that point, the George family has been committed to helping other families in our area who are facing the same challenge.

The following is from the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund website:

“Amy and Chris George are grateful parents with a passion for supporting Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children’s Regional Neonatal ICU. In June 2005, Amy gave birth at 26 weeks to Melissa Suzanne and Ann Catherine. Melissa died just a few hours after she was born, and Ann Catherine was a patient in Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children’s Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 68 days. Amy and Chris were touched by the care both of their daughters received in the RNICU, and in November 2005 established the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund to raise money to buy critically needed technology for the RNICU. Friends of all ages support Swim for Melissa and the Miracle Bash each year in support of our hospital’s tiniest, most vulnerable patients.”

So far, the Huntsville Havoc has helped raised $500,000 for the cause.  Speaking to Havoc President Ashley Balch on Applebee’s Tailgate Talk on Saturday, he said that it’s more than hockey, it’s being a part of the community.  He said the owners, Keith Jeffries and his wife, are hands-on and look for ways to be an asset to the Huntsville area.

On Sunday, January 29th, WHNT 19’s Jerry Hayes will be talking to Stuart Stefan about what it means to wear that special jersey for the game.  Be sure to tune in for “The Story with Jerry Hayes” Sunday night at 10 pm on WHNT News 19.

In addition to Huntsville Havoc’s support of the Melissa George Foundation, the Havoc support St. Jude Research Hospital and local law enforcement and firefighters.

“Guns & Hoses” night for law enforcement and firefighters will take place on Friday, February 24th and St. Jude night will take place on Saturday, March 4th.

Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster or at the VBC Box Office. For more information about the Melissa George night or any of the other special nights mentioned, go to

For groups of 10 or more call (256) 518-6160.

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