Over $10,000 raised in Fight Like Mike hockey game

On Jan. 8, the captain of the AA Atom Lakers Hockey Team, Michael Arthur, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia

Submitted

On Jan. 8, the captain of the AA Atom Lakers Hockey Team, Michael Arthur, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, and since that time, many communities in Central Alberta have rallied together to support him.

On Feb. 23, a special event in support of Mike was held at the Sylvan Lake Multiplex. The Midget AA Lakers took on Sylvan Lake Minor Hockey coaches in a charity hockey game, which raised $10,358.75 in support of Mike’s fight against leukemia.

Any excess money will be paid forward to other families who also have children battling cancer.

“This event exceeded all my expectations. I never thought we would raise more than $10 000,” stated Liz Frismeth, organizer of the event.

Several hundred people attended the event. The event began with a ceremonial puck drop by Dave Arthur, Michael Arthur’s father.

It was an action-packed and engaging game, where the fans cheered loudly for both teams in support of Mike.  Steven Arthur, brother of Michael, played goal for the coaches and made many spectacular saves against the Midget AA team.

The final score was 11-3 for the coaches.

Michael’s diagnosis, though tragic, has brought the community of Sylvan Lake together and has demonstrated the kindness and generosity of our community and beyond.

Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks made a special donation of a signed jersey, and he even took the time to write a personalized note to Mike.

“It takes a strong boy to go through what you have – keep it up buddy! We will be sending positive thoughts your way in the upcoming months,” wrote Toews.

“I’ve never seen so much support in a community and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat,” expressed Liz Frismeth.

Editor’s note: This article was submitted by a talented group of young writers from École Mother Teresa School, with help from teachers Mrs. Voytechek and Mrs. Cunningham. Its authors – all of whom are Grade 5 students at the school – are Vincent Abalo, Brooklyn Cann, Claire Carnegie, Giovonna Carson, Dante Clements, Breannah Cochran, Corissa Crowther, Zakary Gajardo, Paige Goyan, Owen Green, Ella Gulayets, River Hart, Isabella Herzog, Nathan Keating, Amber Martin, Marissa Milner LeFave, Gage Musseau, Jensen Nielsen, Riya Parmar, Jordan Payne, Cole Preikschas, Madison Ruff, Brandon Slade, Gracie Springinatic, Justin St. Germain and Kai Stephansson.

 

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Sylvan Lake Curling clubs hosts Men’s Bonspiel

The second annual event was held Jan. 11-13.

Snowfall adds some delay to morning commute

The QE2 and area road conditions in central Alberta were partly snow covered

Sylvan Lake council approves concept design for Pogadl Park

The next step is a project plan for “Phase One” construction

Hard fought win for HJ Cody senior boys Lakers

Lakers took on Camrose Jan. 10 at home and waked away with a 76-65 win

Hope restored: Sylvan Lake resident receives kidney donation from younger sister

Sylvan Lake’s Lexie Libby undergo an operation for a new kidney, donated by her sister Emma.

VIDEO: Students in MAGA hats mock Native American at Indigenous Peoples March

Diocese in Kentucky says it is investigating the matter, caught on video by onlookers

WATCH: Team Alberta in Red Deer this weekend to prepare for Canada Winter Games

About 250 Team Alberta athletes toured venues and tested out facilities Saturday

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Ponoka cowboy Vernon (Bud) Butterfield passes away

The Ponoka Stampede Association announced his passing Friday

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Ponoka RCMP are looking for a missing man

Police say he may be in Drayton Valley and they are worried for his wellbeing

Most Read