Springfield veteran dropped the first puck at Thunderbirds game

Rosa was deployed for two tours in Iraq

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield army veteran received a special honor, Friday night, at the Thunderbirds game at the MassMutual Center. Springfield Firefighter Eric Rosa dropped the ceremonial first puck.

Thunderbirds team members also opened an American flag on the ice in honor of Veterans Day. The team organization allowed active duty and retired military members into Friday’s game for free.

22News spoke with Rosa about what this recognition meant to him. He said, “As a veteran, I’m definitely and really honored. I was proud to have the honor and I’m proud to represent the past and present veterans. We still have many fighting over seas and haven’t made it back home, so it’s a great honor.”

Rosa served in the army and deployed for two tours in Iraq.


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