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City Islanders to hold fundraiser for recovering former player

Updated: Thursday, August 22 2013, 05:37 PM CDT
Reported by: Jesse Knutson

HARRISBURG -- Former City Islander and current Harrisburg Heat soccer player Jason Hotchkin is in the hospital recovering after being shot multiple times during an attempted homicide in West Chester Sunday morning.

He was in the area coaching a youth soccer team. The medical bills are piling up, so now the City Islanders are planning to raise money for their former teammate at this Saturday’s playoff match against Charlotte.

“He’s a coach, he’s a former player, and he’s a good guy all around,” John Gregg, the City Islanders General Manager, said.

“It only makes sense for the soccer community to come together when one of their own is in a situation they’re in and try to help out.” Jason Pelletier, a City Islanders midfielder who previously played with Hotchkin, couldn’t believe the news.

“It opens your eyes. I mean, you see everything that happens across the world and things like that, but you never think it’s going to happen right at home,” Palletier said.

“When it happened, I mean, you lose your breath. Your stomach, it drops. You just think about him and pray and hope that he’s okay.” Morgan Langley, also a City Islanders midfielder, said that when he played with Hotchkin two years ago, Hotchkin was a natural leader, and a good friend.

“I leanred a lot from him personally as a young player,” Langley explained. “As a person, he’s just a great guy off the field. He’s humble and very friendly. He really doesn’t have a problem with anybody.”

During Saturday’s playoff game against Charlotte, the Harrisburg City Islanders will raise money for Hothckin by donating a portion of ticket sales, selling t-shirts on behalf of Hotchkin, auctioning off items, and asking for donations.

Some of the more special items that will be auctioned off are custom shirts that the players will wear during warm-ups. They will feature Hothckin’s number while he was with the Islanders on the back, the number eleven.

“For our team, it was the least we could do for the amount of work and passion he put in for us,” Langley said. “It’s the least we can do to give back to him in his tough time.

Pelletier agreed, saying, “We’re a family. The City Islanders stick together.” Islanders coaches and players say it wasn’t just one person’s efforts, but they decided as a group to step up and do something for Hotchkin.

“Everybody wants to do their part,” Bill Becher, City Islanders Head Coach, said. “I think the fans will, too.” City Islanders to hold fundraiser for recovering former player

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