The AHS Redbirds Hockey Club alumni game will return to East Alton on Saturday

EAST ALTON – They reassemble the old gang – on the ice.

The Alton High Redbirds Hockey Club alumni game is back. After a hiatus due to the pandemic, former Alton Flames and Alton Redbirds players will gather for a game at 3 p.m. Saturday at the East Alton Ice Arena, where many skated for the AHS club as far back as the 1970s. .

Some of the former players went on to coach the AHS team, including current coach Nick Boswell.

A contingent of former AHS skaters have signed up to help with the fundraiser, but there’s still room for more.

“We have about 26 registrants,” said Melissa Bell, one of the event organizers. “It’s a fundraiser for the club.”

Missy Seymour, another of the organizers, said proceeds from the game will help offset team costs for the upcoming season.

The alumni game, which will feature players from the 1970s as well as more recent graduates, will consist of three 15-minute periods, with “a break in between,” Seymour said.

Players will be divided into a red team and a white team.

Game time is 3-4:30 p.m., with a post-game catering blender/BBQ next to the rink.

Admission to the game and mixer is $30. Those wishing to attend the game only can do so with a $5 donation to the Alton Redbirds Hockey Club.

“We’ll have a 50/50 toss and a puck toss,” Seymour said.

The history of Alton High hockey dates back to the former Alton Flames hockey team formed in 1973 and coached by Tom Thompson. The Madison/St. The Clair High School Hockey League was formed. Later came the current league, the Mississippi Valley Club Hockey Association.

John Read, who played goalie for the Alton Flames first team, now lives in San Antonio, Texas. He will be back for Saturday’s alumni game and serve as coach for the white team.

Seymour said some players will wear their old uniform jerseys, but those who don’t will wear specially designed shirts with the old Alton Flames logo for the white team and the current Redbirds logo for the red team.

Alumni who have already registered to attend include:

white team

Coach: John Reed, Class of 1975

Players:

Brad Campbell, Class of 1975

Perry Plarski, class of 1975

Charlie Mohr, Class of 2006

Lewis Rynders, Class of 2006

Jeremy Meletti, Class of 2008

Jarrod Mermis, Class of 2008

Tyler Jones, Class of 2012

Evan Franklin, Class of 2012

Kain Henson, Class of 2015

Tristen Seymour, Class of 2020

Jacob Katich, Class of 2021

Cayden Barton Class of 2021

red team

Players:

Stephen Lee, Class of 1979

Bil Mermis, class of 1979

Josh Malloy, Class of 1998

Chris Kreider Class of 2005

Nick Boswell, Class of 2009

Abram Henson, Class of 2009

Ryan Rauscher, Class of 2011

Scotty Waldrup, Class of 2016

Bryce Simon, Class of 2017

Jacob Eppell. Class of 2019

Tristan Mouser, Class of 2020

Foster Wiseman, Class of 2021

“We don’t know yet who will coach the red team,” Seymour said.

For more information, those interested can call Seymour at 567-231. Anyone wishing to register to play can visit https://form.jotform.com/222144444393049 and complete an online registration.