Frigid temperatures along the lakefront were no match for the warmth coming from the ice when the Blackhawks skated with wounded soldiers Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field.

Following a short workout, the Hawks were joined on the ice by members of the USA Warriors, an organization designed to give military veterans who have been injured in military action the chance to play hockey. The private event was held on the ice rink situated in the middle of the field that Sunday will play host to two college hockey games.

“To get to talk to them and understand the things they went through ... is definitely really special for us,” Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. “We look up to them. We appreciate everything they’ve done for us and to us they’re the real heroes. To share the ice and have them out for practice with us is a pretty huge honor for the guys.”

Added goaltender Ray Emery: “It’s people who have sacrificed a lot and went through a lot to come back and enjoy a sport they love and we love. It was special for both sides.”