By Garrett Neese
HOUGHTON - This year's Pigs-N-Heat game is moving to a bigger location.
The annual hockey game between local law enforcement officers and firefighters will be held 7 p.m. March 8 at the Student Development Complex at Michigan Technological University.
The game, which alternates each year between Houghton and Calumet, has typically been held at Dee Stadium in the Houghton years. Houghton Police Lt. Nick Roberts said the game may have been held at the SDC once before, but it's been many years.
Since it began in 2000, the game has raised more than $65,000 for crime and fire victims. Already this year, the fund has been used for the victims of four fires, Roberts said.
"We also like to stress that every dollar donated goes right back to the Houghton and Keweenaw communities," Roberts said. "We just want the public to know how much everybody appreciates their charity and you can definitely see it in the community."
The first period will be given over to the B team, made up of the less experienced players (or "the more popular players," as Roberts preferred to look at it). The A team will take over for the final two periods.
There will also be raffles and hundreds of prizes, Roberts said. The first 100 children will receive free pucks.
Tickets can be purchased directly from police officers or firefighters, or at the Houghton Police Department at the Houghton City Center, Roberts said.
"We always get more people in Calumet, so we're trying to get that community down there to show their support, along with our community," he said. "We're asking people to come early, eat downtown and shop downtown along with the local charity."