Paul Bissonnette of the Phoenix Coyotes is known for his fighting on the ice and his chirping on social media, but this tough guy has a soft heart for the homeless.
Bissonnette can be found spending his free time helping the homeless of Arizona. For the past two seasons, he hosted families from Central Arizona Shelter Services at Phoenix Coyotes games.
“Paul wanted to help others get to a game that would not have the opportunity otherwise,” Kimberly Trichel said over email. Trichel is the Director of the Community Relations department for the Phoenix Coyotes.
According to Trichel, Bissonnette invited families to attend the game and the Phoenix Coyotes organization provided transportation as well as food and drink vouchers. Bissonnette met the families after the game.
“CASS has been a partner for years and we are happy to work with them to get a group of families out to a game and give them a night to have fun.”
As he travels around the League for each game, he often talks about his encounters with the homeless on his social media accounts.
Last season, he won the Gila River Casinos Man of the Year Award for his work in the community. The award is one of the team awards presented at the end of each season.
When asked if there will be another game this season, Trichel said, “we will do it again this year — date is still TBD and Paul is always willing to help out when he can.”
Bissonnette also works with Sauce Hockey for the charity The Healthy Scratch Foundation.