The Arizona State Division 2 team did some charity work last weekend by skating with kids battling life-threatening medical conditions.
Arizona State hockey is known for its top-notch performance on the rink, but sometimes people forget that the teams still wear their Sun Devil pride beyond the benches.
During ASU’s fall break, the Division 2 hockey team skated with Hope Kids on Saturday October 13.
Hope Kids provides a unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or another life-threatening medical condition. Arizona State hockey was grateful and excited to support the kids and provide them with a fun, weekend event.
"Helping out in the community is something our student athletes look forward to every semester," General Manager Ken Lind said. "Our boys represent Arizona State University and feel strongly about helping out in the Sun Devil community."
Kids and their families had a chance to skate with the team, get some autographs, and take a few pictures. Approximately 20 kids got to share the moment with their parents, brothers, sisters, other family members and some of the ASU players.
Before they said their goodbyes, a majority of the kids stayed in the stands and watched the D1 team beat Lindenwood. Because they were guests of the team, the kids also got a chance to see the team locker room and four kids went to center ice and dropped the “ceremonial” first puck with ASU captain Colin Hekle and Lindenwood captain Grant Gorcyca.
It's important not to get lost in sports and remember the community where people live. The team’s record book can always be erased and forgotten after the season is complete, but events like this will last a lifetime.