As the Official Tire of the NHL and the NHLPA, Bridgestone Americas will return for the sixth year as the title sponsor of the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. This year, the tiremaker will host 15 members of Hockey Saves Inc. – a national nonprofit organization that provides military members with a healthy outlet through hockey – at the event.
Bridgestone will also honor its Hockey Saves guests from Chicago and Washington with a special, private skate session on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic ice. According to Bridgestone, its military outreach efforts will complement a greater program the NHL is planning for the Jan.1 game.
“Hosting members of Hockey Saves at this year’s event is one small way we are able to show our appreciation for the surrounding community,” said Phil Pacsi, vice president of sport/event marketing and training at Bridgestone Americas. “The men and women of our military exemplify incredible selflessness. They are true everyday performers, and we are proud to host them as our special guests at this year’s Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.”