WWII hero from Huron honored during Cleveland Monsters game

Sergeant Dick Klien Cleveland Monsters
Posted at 9:24 PM, Nov 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-09 21:24:04-05

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Monsters had a very special guest take the ice before the game against the Laval Rocket.

Sergeant Dick Klein, a Huron native, is the last surviving Northeast Ohio member of the 101st Airborne Division that jumped into Normandy on D-Day in 1944.

Klien has been awarded a Bronze Star and is a Purple Heart recipient.

The Monsters invited Klien to participate in the ceremonial puck drop at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Saturday evening.

After dropping the puck, Klien shook hands with Monsters’ LW Nathan Gerbe and Rocket’s D Xavier Ouellet while receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.

Klien’s ceremonial puck drop was a part of the Monsters’ “Salute to Service” night. Tickets to Saturday’s game were free for those with a Military ID or Military Dependent ID.

The Monsters also placed a “Missing Man Chair” rinkside to represent brave individuals who died in the line of duty.

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