NORFOLK, Va. (Jan. 27, 2020) – The Norfolk Admirals Hockey Team hosted NATO Staff and family members from Allied Command Transformation for a “NATO and Military Appreciation Game” on Jan. 25. Over 5,000 people attended the Saturday night game.

During the opening ceremony, Supreme Allied Command Transformation General André Lanata conducted the ceremonial puck drop to symbolize the beginning of the hockey game between the Norfolk Admirals and the South Carolina Stingrays.

Master Sergeant Ricardo Marques (Portugal Army) and Petty Officer 1st Class Sebran Logan (U.S. Navy), both assigned to Allied Command Transformation, were recognized as the official “Military Salutes” for the game.

Throughout the event, family members participated in intermission games and a Zamboni ride. A NATO information booth, manned by NATO Staff, was also set up at the main entrance of the Scope Arena to introduce the work of NATO and Allied Command Transformation to the citizens of Hampton Roads.

The game was scoreless until the third period. The Stingrays ended up defeating the Admirals 3-0.

Community events, like the Norfolk Admirals Hockey Game, demonstrate NATO’s presence within the Hampton Roads Community. These events also allow opportunities for NATO Staff and their families to enjoy a night out together and to thank the local community for their continued hospitality.