BATON ROUGE – On Friday evening in Baton Rouge, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) ceremonially dropped the first puck before the Baton Rouge Zydeco faced the Mississippi Sea Wolves in a minor league ice hockey game, which the Zydeco won 5-1. Additionally, the Zydeco is auctioning off the jerseys worn by their players that night to benefit the CAC Hope House, which works to prevent and help people recover from child abuse.
“If you want to have a good time, Geaux see the Zydeco!” said Dr. Cassidy.
Cassidy has long advocated for the welfare of vulnerable women and children while in the U.S. Senate. Also in August, he joined the entire Senate Republican Conference in urging Democratic committee chairmen to increase oversight and investigations into human trafficking. In May, he introduced bipartisan legislation to update online data privacy rules to ensure children and teenagers are protected online. That legislation passed through the Senate Commerce Committee two months later. Cassidy also recently announced appropriations to support Communities in Schools Gulf South, Inc., which supports after-school and mentoring programs for at-risk students throughout the state, and for a new Boys and Girls Club facility in Farmerville. This is in addition to his long-standing support for school choice and dyslexic students.
The Zydeco are the first minor league ice-hockey team in Baton Rouge since the Baton Rouge Kingfish, which played locally from 1996 to 2003. This is their inaugural season, and they play in the Federal Prospects Hockey League, an independent minor league present in the South, Midwest and Northeast. Their president, Don Lewis, welcomed Cassidy to the game.
“We’re proud to bring professional ice hockey back to Baton Rouge, and to support disadvantaged children throughout the Capital Region,” said Mr. Lewis. “We thank Senator Cassidy for supporting our efforts, and appreciate his presence at tonight’s game.”