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An entertaining blog to help you stay in touch with of our fearless leader. You will have a front row seat to the life and times of Cappy as you bear witness to his life of “no coincidences”. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes funny, but always inspirational, you won’t want to miss a single post!

Thank you Mountain Time!

July 13, 2022
Special thanks to Alex, Will, Decker and the rest of the crew at New Belgium for my new custom Mountain Time jersey that showed up at the DN office today! The NB crew steps up every year as our Dawg Bowl beer sponsor quenching the thirst of hundreds of players and volunteers!! This one was an awesome surprise and even has a “C”, and personalized with my name and number! I’m a big fan of hockey…

Peter McNab is in the House!

July 9, 2022
It was a terrific afternoon spent with the legendary Peter “Maxey” McNab and the remarkable Christian Moreno. One is a two time liver cancer survivor and the other is in the midst of his fight, but getting the upper hand. We talked about health, family, the Avs, DU and just about everything in between. As usual, Peter shared some of his incredible stories that never get old, and this time even…

Goodbye Smalls, you’ll be Missed!

July 8, 2022
It’s tough to say “goodbye” to your favorite “partner in crime” of all time! Over the last three years I have made more memories and witnessed more powerful moments than any time in my entire life, and each time Mike “Smalls” Freeman was right by my side. I’ve watched Smalls touch lives, change lives and even save lives. Our cause is one that can’t be measured monetarily, but is measured inste…

Hockey is for everyone!

July 7, 2022
Lots of memories from  , but perhaps my fondest was putting myself the shoes, or should I say skates, of some amazing young men. As part of this year’s Dawg Bowl we held a blind hockey game for the first time! The game included visually impaired players from across the country taking on a group of Dawg Nation players wearing glasses to emulate various forms of blindness. I wore glasses that mi…

Do you Believe in Miracles?

June 29, 2022
Well I do. Under the tutelage of the incredible Mike “Smalls” Freeman I have seen firsthand what patience, love and selflessness can accomplish. When Van Stone first came to our offices last August it seemed obvious that this once gifted hockey player would never skate again, let alone play hockey. A traumatic brain injury in 2018 nearly took Van’s life and robbed him of his speech, motor skil…

Jerry and his BIG Heart

June 29, 2022
Over the last ten years I have received close to fifty signed Avalanche jerseys, but believe it or not, every single one has ended up in an auction to help others……until now! On Tuesday afternoon, Sergeant Jerry DeVaul paid a visit to Dawg Nation headquarters to thank me for the support I have provided to the disabled community, specifically the sled hockey community. As a token of his gratitu…

From Kelly Cup to Stanley Cup!

June 26, 2022
Here’s today’s “no coincidences” post! We just wrapped up a very tiring but incredibly successful 2022 Dawg Bowl. Spanning five days, we created amazing memories, showed the world that hockey really is for everyone, and also handed out $139,000 to families in need! Tonight I finally was able to relax and spend a magical evening with my Cindy as we watched our team win the Cup! It’s been 21 y…

Little Gabriel Comes Full Circle!

June 24, 2022
Dawg Bowl XII is two days in and already tons of memories! But gonna be hard to top this one! At Dawg Bowl III in 2013 we implemented our “Pass the Hat”’ envelope for the first time as we raised money for the Acuna family as their precious little Gabriel was born with deformities to his leg and foot requiring surgeries that were outside of the family budget. Thanks to that inaugural envelope c…

How in the World Did This Happen!

June 19, 2022
Sometimes I just have to pinch myself and and say, “how in the world did this happen?”. Taking in game two of the Stanley Cup Finals with my honey was amazing, but hosting the guy that literally co-founded Apple is beyond fathomable. It’s truly unbelievable how many “no coincidences” had to happen for this ordinary guy to be rooting for my favorite team and spending the evening with one of the…

How in the World Did This Happen!

June 16, 2022
 A pregame brew and pizza turned into yet another “no coincidences” moment! I wasn’t planning on going to game 1 until a call from NHL legend Pat Lafontaine on Monday. Pat knew tickets were a super hot commodity, but reached out on a prayer and the off chance that I might be able to pull off a little “Cappy” magic and take his nephew (Kieran) to the game. Well thanks to the kind hearted Josh Su…
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November 19, 2021
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Golfers Coming Off the Course


October 2, 2021
11t annual Tee it Up included a little of everything! The 11t annual Tee it Up for DAWG Nation Invitational event included a little of everything. The sold out field was treated to a beautiful day that included a gorgeous course, fun contests, great prizes, mingling with celebrities and of course, GIVING BACK! The weather was perfect and smiles were in abundance as the golfers gathered f…
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