The University of Northern Colorado Bears hosted their third annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night on October 12th 2018 in Greeley. This event was created three years ago with the purpose of honoring the cancer fighters and survivors in our lives. The Bears wore special cancer themed jerseys for the night with each player wearing the name of someone they know who has or had cancer.
Four individuals were honored before the game including 7 year old Carter Egerter a youth hockey player from Broomfield who is suffering from leukemia. Carter was able to join the team out on the ice and drop the ceremonial puck. Cancer has weakened Carter’s leg muscles, forcing him go give up his desire to play goaltender and switch to being a defenseman. Whatever position Carter plays, he said “cancer can’t keep me from playing hockey, no way.”
The Bears had a silent auction, t-shirt and jersey sale, as well as a bake sale to raise money for the UNC Cancer Rehabilitation Institute. Nearly 1,000 fans packed the Greeley Ice Haus October 12th to show their support for the cancer fighters in their lives.
“The whole staff believes this was the most successful theme night to date” team manager Erin Prueter said.
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The Bears will host their next special event night on November 30th for their third annual Military Appreciation Night.