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Welcome Delegates of the 2016 IFPMWG

Brenda Espinoza Executive Director, IFPMWG

It is with great pleasure that I welcome all athletes, family and friends to The International Fire, Police & Military Winter Games 6th Annual Charity Hockey Tournament, The Maine Event/Battle on Ice, will take place at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée, in Lewiston, Maine. It is scheduled for the week-end of January 15th to the 17th, with the championship round being played on Sunday. 

Our hockey tournament is a major fundraising event for the Shriners Hospitals for Children–Boston. I hope that as a team we can make a difference for the many children that are able to be treated there from around the world. The goal of the tournament is to raise money for this worthy cause, through an event that gives public safety personnel across America and beyond the opportunity for exciting competition while making new friends in the public safety community, sharing experiences, and having an all-around good time. As we approach our 6th year, we are working to expand the tournament in both size and international representation. We plan to increase awareness of the tournament, offer great entertainment after the games, and a raffle in the lobby for players and the audience. 

We hope that your team will consider being a part of the Maine Event/ Battle on Ice, and that the rest of your department and family members will come to share in the excitement and camaraderie and cheer them on.  I look forward to meeting and greeting each of you at the tournament.

Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

As Mayor of the City of Lewiston, congratulations upon the planning and delivery of the 6th Annual International Fire, Police, & Military Winter Games.

The games bring a wealth of energy and enthusiasm to our community and certainly provide a fun-filled event for individuals of all ages. It is encouraging to witness a venue filled with sports, smiles, good conversation, and camaraderie—all with a mission of providing financial support to the Shriners Hospital for Children – Boston. The Shriners Hospital is a tremendous blessing to countless families, and the winter games provide a wonderful opportunity for us to look beyond ourselves and focus on the needs of others.

In closing, thank you to all the organizers and participants of the 2015 games, and I’m so proud that they are again occurring within this community. 


Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Chief Michael J. Bussiere
Lewiston Chief of Police

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the City of Lewiston. We are proud to be hosting the hockey portion of the International Fire, Police & Military Winter Games. Lewiston has a rich hockey history and has always enjoyed strong community support for the game. You will find our fans are very energetic and enthusiastic, and that the Androscoggin Bank Colisée is a great place to play or watch a game! We hope you enjoy your time here and have a chance to discover all that the Lewiston - Auburn area has to offer.

This is a fundraising event to benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Boston.

Members of the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Boston, Board of Governors

We would like to welcome all athletes, family and friends to the International Fire, Police & Military Winter Games ice hockey tournament, The Maine Event, “Battle on Ice.” Now in its 6th year, we are delighted to have been a part of this annual event from the beginning. We thank the IFPWG in their efforts to raise money to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children – Boston, by bringing this event to Maine and sponsoring this wonderful event for the public safety sector, which includes all departments of the Fire, EMS, Police, and Military. We wish everyone a great week of camaraderie and fun.

 Paul Poulin, Potentate  

                                                                 Thank you for inviting me to represent the 2200 members of Kora Shrine as you continue your winter games.