Our friends over at Great Lakes Hockey are holding an online auction for an amazing piece that is autographed by 16 current and former members of the Minnesota Wild. The proceeds from the auction help support our program and helps get disabled veterans back on the ice. Head on over to @greatlakes_hockey to place your bid. You can also place your bid here.
Kristopher “Franky” Francisco-Minnesota Warriors Black Team, Forward, #71
Leading the Minnesota Warriors Black Team as the team captain is forward Kristopher “Franky” Francisco.
Franky served 4 years in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne Division as a motor transportation operator and gunner where he spent a deployment over in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan.
Franky started playing hockey when he was younger on the ponds in his backyard and started playing organized hockey in the winter of 2014 when he joined the Minnesota Warriors. With a strong sense of leadership Franky has led the Black Team as its captain for 5 seasons. Since he joined the Black Team in AHA league play 6 seasons ago Franky has developed his skating and offensive skills to accumulate 19 goals and 30 assists for 49 points in 74 games. This season Franky has contributed 7 goals and 4 assists for 11 points in 15 games as he’s helped lead the Black Team from an 0-4 start to challenge for a potential playoff berth as they enter the final few weeks of the season. Franky will also lead the Black Team to the USA Hockey Disabled Festival in Tampa, Florida later next month where they look to challenge for a C bracket championship against Warrior teams from around the country.
Franky was asked what it meant to be a part of the Minnesota Warriors and he responded with, “It started out as a coping mechanism, an outlet to find what I felt I’ve been missing from my service and all the personal benefits that came with being a member of a close-knit team (family). I started my first season kind of forced into an alternate captain spot, then after I had been somewhat responsible for others, it turned into something more than just for me and my benefit. After my first year, I became captain and had full accountability and a leadership role, which I hadn’t had much experience with in the military. I knew that making a difference was something that set well with my personal struggles and need to fill that void in my life. What turned into a need for myself has grown into a desire to give others the chance to heal and see them develop in the sport as well as provide the best experience I can to the team in and out of the locker room. I can only hope I’ve helped make a difference in my teammates lives on and off the ice, and through this organization’s mission.”
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The Minnesota Warriors would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2017 Harley Davidson Dyna Street Bob Motorcycle raffle. The proceeds will go to help the MN Warriors Ice Hockey Program.
2018 USA Disabled Hockey National Champions Warrior A Division
From the moment the players walk through the doors of the arena they are part of the team. Part of something more. They are able to step away from daily life and play a game. Being part of this team means knowing they can depend on each other. There is a level of camaraderie that goes without parallel in civilian life. The Warriors hope is to help each one another and other Veterans get through the rough times with the bond that is built on and off the ice.
MN Warriors booth at the State Fair 2017. Military appreciation day
The Minnesota Warriors Hockey Program’s mission is to organize and administer an ice hockey program that provides a recreational, therapeutic experience and education to its participants.
The MN Warriors Ice Hockey Program has been organized to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, for wounded, injured, or otherwise disabled veterans of the United States Military, in conjunction with the USA Disabled Hockey Program.
The program educates, trains, motivates, and encourages individuals who have physical disabilities incurred during service to the United States to participate in the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to the level of ability of the participating athletes. It is designed to integrate people with disabilities with people without disabilities in order to promote awareness of challenges and to encourage team building.
The program uses the game of hockey to assist individuals with disabilities in developing self confidence, adjusting to their new lifestyle, rehabilitation, self-reliance, concentration, and to assist in helping participants back into mainstream lifestyles they were accustomed to prior to their disability, that will help the individual be more successful both within and outside a hockey environment.