Charity hockey event benefits pancreatic cancer research

Staff Report

The Rockford IceHogs and the Have a Skate with Bob Foundation are teaming up and dropping the gloves to fight pancreatic cancer in a charity hockey game Nov. 10 at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.

The Second Annual Have A Skate With Bob and the Rockford IceHogs benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Since 2008, Skate has raised more than $50,000 for the organization. Fifty-four players are expected to suit up for the Nov. 10 games.

Have A Skate With Bob and the IceHogs fight pancreatic cancer through their love of ice hockey. To play in the games, players raise sponsorships, which are donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Every player that suits up has been touched by cancer in some way, and we want to fight this terrible thing by doing something we love: playing hockey,” said Bob Klem, founder of the Have a Skate with Bob Foundation. “We are grateful for the help the IceHogs have given to raise awareness and money for pancreatic cancer research. We may not be the best hockey players to ever strap on a pair of skates, but every dollar we raise is the equivalent of raising the Stanley Cup.”

Rec League game is at 1:30 p.m., Advanced Game at 3:10 p.m., and Rockford IceHogs vs. Milwaukee Admirals at 7:05 p.m.

Following the adult games, watch the Rockford IceHogs play the Milwaukee Admirals. There will be a silent auction and raffle of hockey memorabilia during the IceHogs game, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Chemo Cargo will have information booths at locations in BMO Harris Bank Center

Tickets are $15 and include all three games, and $5 from each ticket sold will be donated to Rockford Hockey Club to sponsor a youth player who otherwise would be unable to play. Silent auction items include autographed memorabilia donated by the IceHogs and the Chicago Blackhawks; 1980 U.S. Olympic Goaltender Jim Craig; and more. All proceeds from the games and auction benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

From the Nov. 7-13, 2012, issue

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