HAMDEN, Conn. — Quinnipiac and Connecticut have created a new award called the “Heroes Hat” that will be presented to the winner of the season series between the in-state rivals. The award will honor the memory of those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The 2001-02 season series between the teams is currently tied at 1-1. The final game of the regular-season series is this Friday at 7 p.m. at Quinnipiac’s Northford Ice Pavilion. A brief ceremony will follow the game.
The “Heroes Hat” will be presented to the winning team by Mrs. Lori Mascali and her daughter Katie, who lost their husband and father, Joseph, while he was attempting to save lives on Sept. 11. Joseph was also the father of Quinnipiac freshman golfer, Chris Mascali and senior Jennifer Mascali.
“The two Universities hope that the establishment of the ‘Heroes Hat’ will … strengthen the rivalry on the ice between the two schools,” said a university news release. “More importantly, though, they hope that it will evoke a sense of pride and honor for all of those who sacrificed their lives on Sept. 11, with every stride, shot and save.”
Also attending the “Heroes Hat” ceremonies will be firefighters from FDNY’s Rescue Company 5 in Staten Island, NY.
The “Heroes Hat” has been donated by Rescue Company 5, and will have Joseph Mascali’s badge and company number displayed on it.
“It is our hope that the ‘Heroes Hat’ be a Connecticut sports tribute to the many heroes and their families involved in the September 11th tragedy,” said Quinnipiac hockey coach Rand Pecknold.