USHL squad plays Saturday at Bankers Life

INDIANAPOLIS — Twelve thousand people gathered inside a premier arena, watching some of America’s top hockey players battle on a sheet of ice.

It’s not something one would have to drive to St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit or Columbus for — but an annual event at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

This Saturday, the Indiana Ice will host their 10th annual “Pack the House for Charity” night. The evening annually draws the United States Hockey League’s biggest crowd of the year — upwards of 12,000 fans — to both enjoy an evening of hockey and support local charities.

Among the charities that will benefit are The Villages, Ronald McDonald House of Indiana and the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. The team also annually wears special uniforms designed by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital patients.

For the Ice, it’s a twofold evening — a chance to play in front of a huge crowd, and one of many opportunities to give back to the community by supporting local charities.

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