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PRESS RELEASE – EMBARGO

DECEMBER 25, 2016

The  71st Annual Montana East-West Shrine Game will be played July 15, 2017 in Billings, MT. The Montana Shrine Game is the premier all-star game in Montana and has a long history of distinguished players and coaches.  It is one of the oldest high school all-star football games in the United States. Every year since 1947, Montana high schools’ finest players are selected to compete in a game to raise money and to help make the public aware of the expert orthopedic and burn care available at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington. In recent years, the Montana game has become one of the top Shrine Games in the nation for hospital donations. The Montana Shrine Game has raised over $400,000 the past six years.

The rosters for the 71st Annual Montana East-West Shrine Game have been announced.  The game will be played July 15, 2017 in Billings, MT at Rocky Mountain College. The Montana Shrine Game is the premier all-star game in Montana and has a long history of distinguished players and coaches.  It is one of the oldest high school all-star football games in the United States. Every year since 1947, Montana high schools’ finest players are selected to compete in a game to raise money and to help make the public aware of the expert orthopedic and burn care available at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington. In recent years, the Montana game has become one of the top Shrine Games in the nation for hospital donations. Last year’s game in Butte raised over $100,000, making the total in the last four years nearly $375,000.

 

For the fourth year this game again with have an international flavor. Forty of Montana’s finest are selected to compete on each team and two players from Calgary will join them, one for the East and one for the West.

 

The East Team will be coached by Chris Murdock from the state champion Billings Senior Broncs.  Murdock has coached the Broncs for eleven years, the last five seasons at head coach. A former quarterback at Billings Senior, Chris played free safety at University of Mary prior to returning to his alma mater.

 

Heading the West Team will Tony Arntson from Helena High. Coach Arntson has been heading the program for the Helena Bengals the last twenty-three years. The former CMR standout quarterback and UM player spent two years assisting Jack Johnson at CMR and three years at Charlo before taking the helm at Helena High. Tony will be coaching his son Ryan in this year’s game.

 

These players were nominated by their schools and coaches across the state, and finally selected as the “best of the best” to participate in the 71st Montana Shrine Game. They join an elite fraternity of players, many of whom have gone on to distinguished collegiate and professional careers.




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2017 Patient Ambassador for the 70th Annual Montana East-West Shrine Game
ADDISON BENSON

Addison Benson

About Addison
My name is Addison and I am 9 years old and I’m going to be a 5th grader!  I belong to Syd and Andrea Benson and I have a big sister, Josie. Seven years ago when I was in an accident and became an amputee, The Shrine organization stepped up and wanted to help me.  I can do anything I want to do – and that is everything!  I love to ride my bike, swim, jump, run, play sports, climb the monkey bars, play with friends….I love it all!  I have an outgoing personality, a can-do attitude, and a smile a mile wide.  Thank you for supporting an organization and the people I love!




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