The Fayetteville Marksmen are the premier hockey team for southeastern North Carolina. The team was first established in 2017. The Fayetteville Marksmen are a professional hockey team that competes in the Southern Professional Hockey League, the most-elite independent hockey league in the United States. The team is veteran-owned and operated, so it should come as no surprise they offer military appreciation nights. Owner, Charles “Chuck” Norris is a former U.S. Army paratrooper who spent over 20 years in the Fayetteville area.
Whenever the Fayetteville Marksmen are in town they play all their home games at the Crown Coliseum. Which is where they hosted this year's military appreciation night Jan. 19. During the game, the Fayetteville Marksmen hockey team played a close game against their rivals the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. The game ended with a score of 3 to 4, in favor of the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. The two teams were evenly paired. During the game, the Marksmen defended their goal, blocking 28 of the 32 shots from the Railyard Dawgs. All the while they were busy taking 31 shots of their own, with three being successful.