Giving Back to Jenya Bukrinsky

August 25, 2012
Help with an immediate surgery. Jenya is an avid hockey player in the YMCA Boulder Valley adult league. He injured his knee playing in the DAWG Bowl II tourney in the summer of 2012. It was determined that Jenya would need immediate surgery to repair the injury, and DAWG Nation immediately sprang into action, granting money for the procedure. His friends and family also rallied to help him t…

Giving Back to Scott Staude

June 25, 2012
Help after an injury. Scott is an on-ice official in the WCHA. He is long time board member and hockey instructor at his local club. He is very involved in the development of young hockey officials, and the growth of the Colorado Springs Officiating Association. He tore his MCL and meniscus refereeing a WCHA league game. Through extensive physical therapy, Scott returned to the ice in the fa…

Giving Back to Gabriel Acuna

June 20, 2012
Help with astronomical medical bills. Gabriel is the son of Chris and Debbie Acuna- Chris plays on one of our many teams in DAWG Nation. Gabriel was born in 2011, and has required several surgeries to help correct problems with his legs and feet. The medical bills have been astronomical, but DAWG Nation has been there to help put a dent in those costs. Last June, during our hockey to…

Giving Back to Steve Boex

April 25, 2012
Help after a serious injury. Steve is a family man, and is married with several children. He plays in the RMHL league alongside several DAWG Nation players. In a regular adult league game in December of 2011, Steve had an accident on the ice, shattering his jaw in five places. Through extensive surgery, his jaw was put back together, but recovery has been a slow process. After several month …

Giving Back to Ken Flowers

November 25, 2011
Help with expenses following an injury. Ken plays in an over 40 league – the SDOHL in Lakewood, Colorado. In an unfortunate on-ice accident, in November of 2011 Ken lost an edge while skating towards the boards. He crashed awkwardly and broke his ankle in two places. Thankfully, he made a full recovery and is back on the ice. He has now been able to resume running a successful landscaping co…

Giving Back to Tim Kmetz

August 25, 2011
Help with hospital bills. Timmy Kmetz is one of the goaltending anchors of DAWG Nation, and a survivor of cancer that nearly cost him a leg when he was a teenager in Minnesota. Last year, Timmy received a quadruple hernia while playing, and had to have surgery to correct the problem. During our first golf tournament in 2011, we were able to present him with a check to help pay his hospital b…

Giving Back to Danny Packard

May 25, 2011
Help for an inspiration. Danny joined our original Junkyard DAWGs team as a teenager, and is still going strong now at the age of 26. We’ve watched him become a man, get married, and just recently, welcome his first child, a beautiful little girl called Kahlynn. Several years ago, Danny was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and has been battling and winning the fight against the disease. In …

Giving Back to Dennis Tennant

May 20, 2011
Help with medical expenses after an injury. In the spring of 2011, Dennis was returning from a pond hockey tournament near Ft. Collins, CO when he suffered a stroke and a closed head injury at the wheel, ultimately leaving him partially paralyzed. Through perseverance, therapy, and the support of his friends and family, he is beginning to recover a lot of functionality on his right side. …

Giving Back to Dan Hohenstein

April 25, 2011
Help with medical bills. Dan, or “Hoagie”, as he’s known throughout the hockey community, is our first referee to receive a grant from DAWG Nation. Hoagie a letter carrier away from the ice, and was hit by a driver while on the job. In our first tournament, DAWG Bowl I, all the referees participating gave their fees to a fund to help Hoagie with his medical bills, and DAWG Nation made a m…

Giving Back to Dennis Heaton

April 20, 2011
Help with rehabilitation expenses after an injury. During the spring of 2010, while playing in a different league, Dennis crashed feet-first into the boards at South Suburban Ice Arena. He shattered his ankle in many places, resulting in a surgery to reconstruct the area. During that surgery Dennis contracted an infection, and has since undergone two other procedures. The problem sti…

Giving Back to Andy Gerrie

April 15, 2011
Help with ongoing medical expenses. Andy has one of the longest tenures with DAWG Nation- he has been with the organization for the past seven years. He skates at forward on DAWGs II, and has played a key role on four different championship squads. In fact, he is the DAWGs’ all time leading playoff scorer, and has come through in the clutch in many postseason games. Three years ago, Andy …
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