There was a lull in the number of families in the visitor center, and my friend Mike (who is the leader of the DogHouse), just happened to see a tweet highlighting the 1st Annual Comm Ave Charity Classic. This was going to be a game where the two Boston schools on Comm Ave (BU and BC) bring back some of their alums and current NHLers to play in a game benefiting a charity.
This years cause was ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
All of you have heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, which was started by Pete Frates and his family in order to raise awareness for ALS. They were all in attendance during Friday nights game. After the entire lineup for both teams were announced, it was time to announce Pete and his family. WHen they called Pete’s name and number, the entire crowd stood up and gave him the loudest cheer and the longest ovation. I could feel the goosebumps running up my arm. It was just such an incredible thing to be a part of, and I’m so glad that Mike and I decided to buy tickets to this game.
It’s so much fun to go to a hockey game and just be able to cheer for the game itself. No goal is disappointing, every bad pass is chirped, no matter which player made it, and every call the referee made was met with long boos. Not only was it a good game to watch, it was also so much fun being able to catch up with so many friends that I hadn’t seen in 6 months. We discussed hockey, the future, the past, good things, and band things. At the end of the night my throat was hoarse from all of the talking I had done that day.
Halfway through the third period they announced the total they had raised over the course of the night: $55,200.
The hockey community is filled with friendly and generous people and I’m so proud to be able to say that I was a part of the first ever Comm Ave Charity Classic.
We hung around for some autographs afterwards, and the players were extremely kind when it came to the most outlandish suggestions. Matt O’Connor, last seasons starting goaltender, signed Mike’s pamphlet “to the DogHouse”, after a big smile spread across his face. Even though he’s a terrier, he’s still a nice guy and a great goaltender.
We were challenged by Mrs. Frates to do the Ice Bucket challenge: stay tuned for our response.