The annual C.H.E.C.K. (Coaches Helping Eliminate Cancer in Kids) challenge between the Woodbury and Park boys hockey teams was a hit this year.
Through the fundraiser, the two schools raised $4,250 — the most money the two teams have raised in the seven years they have worked for the cause.
All total, the competition has raised over $27,000 for C.H.E.C.K.
The program was started by a friend of Woodbury head coach Wes Bolin, Ty Eigner, who is an assistant coach at Bowling Green University but had previously been the head coach at Brainerd High School.
Eigner’s son, Peter, was diagnosed with a form of stomach cancer, underwent two life-threatening surgeries and two years of treatment, but is currently cancer free.
Thankfully, Peter is now doing what most normal 11-year-olds do.
As part of the fundraising efforts, both teams take part in a friendly wager that has the coach of the team that raised the most money present the other with the rival’s jersey to be worn during the first period of the game.
In 2010, both Bolin and Park head coach Jay Moser were awarded plaques from the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association in recognition for their support of the C.H.E.C.K. program.
In a text message to Bolin, Ty Eigner said that he’s very appreciative of the hockey community. He said that he’d just gotten home from a recruiting trip in British Colombia and was at a game in Victoria where money was being raised to help out a young girl who’d survived one form of cancer but is now battling leukemia. A donation will be made thru the C.H.E.C.K. program, and the money raised by the teams’ friendly competition will help her and her family.