Military Appreciation ceremony, Long Island hockey game set to honor Lt. Michael P. Murphy

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Long Island's hometown hero will be remembered this weekend through the sport he loved most: hockey.

The Eastern Hockey League game between the New York Bobcats and New York Applecore at Twin Rinks at Eisenhower in East Meadow, L.I. on Saturday will culminate Military Appreciation Day, in honor of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, USN.

Murphy, born in Smithtown and raised in Patchogue, died at age 29 in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. The Navy SEAL team leader posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions that helped lead to the rescue of fellow SEAL Marcus Luttrell.

Admission to the 5 p.m. game is free, with a $5 donation to the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund suggested. The event will be held to educate young hockey players on his legacy and the values his life represents.

The Long Island Gulls youth hockey team is a co-sponsor of the day-long program, which includes pregame addresses by Murphy's parents and former Islander and Ranger Pat LaFontaine, and a "Murph" fitness challenge.

Starting at 2 p.m., youth players, families and attendees will have the opportunity to do the Murph Challenge Workout, and interested participants are encouraged to dress for running, push-ups, pull-ups and squatting.

More information is available at the NY Bobcats/LI Gulls Military Appreciation Day page on Facebook.

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AFGHANISTAN - UNDATED: SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy, (L) from Patchogue, New York and Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Matthew G. Axelson of Cupertino, California sit in Afghanistan. Murphy and Axelso were assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and were killed by enemy forces during a reconnaissance mission, Operation Red Wing, June 28, 2005. Both men were part of a four-man team tasked with finding a key Taliban leader in the mountainous terrain near Asadabad, Afghanistan, when they came under fire from a much larger enemy force with superior tactical position. (Photo by U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
UNDATED: SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy, from Patchogue, New York poses for a photo. Murphy was killed by enemy forces during a reconnaissance mission, Operation Red Wing, June 28, 2005, while leading a four-man team tasked with finding a key Taliban leader in the mountainous terrain near Asadabad, Afghanistan. The team came under fire from a much larger enemy force with superior tactical position. Murphy knowingly left his position of cover to get a clear signal in order to communicate with his headquarters and was mortally wounded while exposing himself to enemy fire. While being shot and shot at, Murphy provided his units location and requested immediate support for his element. He returned to his cover position to continue the fight until finally succumbing to his wounds. (Photo by U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
AFGHANISTAN - UNDATED: SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy, from Patchogue, New York sits on the ground in Afghanistan. Murphy was killed by enemy forces during a reconnaissance mission, Operation Red Wing, June 28, 2005, while leading a four-man team tasked with finding a key Taliban leader in the mountainous terrain near Asadabad, Afghanistan. The team came under fire from a much larger enemy force with superior tactical position. Murphy knowingly left his position of cover to get a clear signal in order to communicate with his headquarters and was mortally wounded while exposing himself to enemy fire. While being shot and shot at, Murphy provided his units location and requested immediate support for his element. He returned to his cover position to continue the fight until finally succumbing to his wounds. (Photo by U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
AFGHANISTAN - UNDATED: Lt. Michael P. Murphy, from Patchogue, New York poses for a photo in Afghanistan. Murphy was killed by enemy forces during a reconnaissance mission, Operation Red Wing, June 28, 2005, while leading a four-man team tasked with finding a key Taliban leader in the mountainous terrain near Asadabad, Afghanistan. The team came under fire from a much larger enemy force with superior tactical position. Murphy knowingly left his position of cover to get a clear signal in order to communicate with his headquarters and was mortally wounded while exposing himself to enemy fire. While being shot and shot at, Murphy provided his units location and requested immediate support for his element. He returned to his cover position to continue the fight until finally succumbing to his wounds. (Photo by U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
AFGHANISTAN - UNDATED: Navy SEALs operating in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (L-R) Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Matthew G. Axelson, of Cupertino, California; Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Daniel R. Healy, of Exeter, New Hampshire.; Quartermaster 2nd Class James Suh, of Deerfield Beach, Florida.; Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marcus Luttrell; Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Eric S. Patton, of Boulder City, Nevada; and Lt. Michael P. Murphy, of Patchogue, New York pose in Afghanistan. With the exception of Luttrell, all were killed June 28, 2005, by enemy forces while supporting Operation Red Wing. (Photo by U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 13: The Purple Heart Monument to fallen Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy sits at the park in Lake Ronkonkoma, L.I., where he was the chief lifeguard, which now bears his name, Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park. Murphy will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor, for his actions in Afghanistan while trying to save his SEAL team in 2005. (Photo by Robert Sabo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
US President George W. Bush stands prior to presenting Daniel and Maureen Murphy with a Medal of Honor in recognition of their late son, US Navy Seal Lt. Michael P. Murphy, from Patchogue, New York, in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, 22 October 2007. Murphy was killed 28 June 2005 while on a mission searching for terrorists in Afghanistan. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President George W. Bush (R) stands with Daniel (L) and Maureen Murphy after he presented them with a Medal of Honor in recognition of their late son, US Navy Seal Lt. Michael P. Murphy, from Patchogue, New York, in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, 22 October 2007. Murphy was killed 28 June 2005 while on a mission in Afghanistan. AFP PHOTO/Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
CORONADO, CA - OCTOBER 19: Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) graduating class 236 poses for a photo October 19, 2001 in Coronado, California. Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, 29, from Patchogue, New York (back row-L) was killed by enemy forces during a reconnaissance mission, Operation Red Wing, June 28, 2005, while leading a four-man team tasked with finding a key Taliban leader in the mountainous terrain near Asadabad, Afghanistan. The team came under fire from a much larger enemy force with superior tactical position. Murphy knowingly left his position of cover to get a clear signal in order to communicate with his headquarters and was mortally wounded while exposing himself to enemy fire. While being shot and shot at, Murphy provided his units location and requested immediate support for his element. He returned to his cover position to continue the fight until finally succumbing to his wounds. (Photo by U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
AFGHANISTAN - UNDATED: SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy, from Patchogue, New York poses in Afghanistan. Murphy was killed by enemy forces during a reconnaissance mission, Operation Red Wing, June 18, 2005, while leading a four-man team tasked with finding a key Taliban leader in the mountainous terrain near Asadabad, Afghanistan. The team came under fire from a much larger enemy force with superior tactical position. Murphy knowingly left his position of cover to get a clear signal in order to communicate with his headquarters and was mortally wounded while exposing himself to enemy fire. While being shot and shot at, Murphy provided his units location and requested immediate support for his element. He returned to his cover position to continue the fight until finally succumbing to his wounds. (Photo by U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 2: The Medal of Honor rests on a flag beside a SEAL trident during preparations for an award ceremony for Lt. Michael P. Murphy October 2, 2007 in Washington DC. Murphy was killed by enemy forces during a reconnaissance mission, Operation Red Wing, June 28, 2005, while leading a four-man team tasked with finding a key Taliban leader in the mountainous terrain near Asadabad, Afghanistan. The team came under fire from a much larger enemy force with superior tactical position. Murphy knowingly left his position of cover to get a clear signal in order to communicate with his headquarters and was mortally wounded while exposing himself to enemy fire. While being shot and shot at, Murphy provided his units location and requested immediate support for his element. He returned to his cover position to continue the fight until finally succumbing to his wounds. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brandan W. Schulze/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
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