Giving Back to Chris Stockert

April 16, 2019
A lifetime hockey player… It was a spectacular day at Family Sports as the Arapahoe Hockey community allowed us to be part of an emotional tribute to Chris Stockert. Chris was a long time Arapahoe Hockey coach, teammate, friend, devoted husband and father. Chris’ life was cut short on April 5th leaving behind his loving wife Annette and two sons, Tillman and Easton. Today we were bl…

Giving Back to Lucas O’Connor

February 28, 2019
A collision on the ice… Another highlight at the DAWG Bowl was the opportunity to recognize Lucas O’Connor as one of our recent recipients. Lucas is a hard working college student who referees hockey games as a way to off-set his bills and enjoy the game he loves. Earlier this year Lucas was refereeing a high school game when he suffered a serious leg injury. Although he knew it was bad hi…

Giving Back to Justin Kresh

January 31, 2019
A new baby’s health problems… As a member of the 82nd Airborne, Justin Kresh gave five years of his life and much more to his beloved country. After the completion of Justin’s service, this young family welcomed a second son named Talon. Talon entered the world with some serious health complications that nearly ended his life. Thanks to some amazing doctors and a loving family, Talon i…

Giving Back to Tanner Doty

January 15, 2019
An incident on the ice… Tanner Doty is a local hockey player and coach. During a game, he had trouble breathing and went to the locker room with shortness of breath. Paramedics were called and at first it was thought Tanner had suffered a heart attack. It was actually an infection around Tanner’s heart. The good news…Tanner has recovered. The DAWGs led by Cap, board member Mike Freema…
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Giving Back to Ryan Tennant

January 15, 2019
An injury on the ice… Ryan is a familiar face in the Colorado hockey community. He always greets you with a smile and hug and never asks for anything. This past year was a rough one as a hockey injury resulted in a torn ACL/MCL and reconstructive knee surgery. Coupled with a car accident, missed work and lots of medical bills, Ryan could really use a lift to get back on his feet. Th…
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Giving Back to Pierce Grandchamp

December 4, 2018
Pierce Grandchamp is a remarkable young man that recently had his custom sled stolen out of his truck. Tonight we included the boys in helping out a fellow sled player by providing Pierce with a check for $5,000 which he’ll use to replace his beloved sled so he can get back on the ice and get back to doing what he loves!

Giving Back to Ryan Straschnitzki

December 4, 2018
It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but I’m not sure that either photos or words will be sufficient to capture the emotions that were felt during one of the most memorable Survivor Games yet to be played. From the heart wrenching silence as tribute was paid to each Humboldt player, coach and support staff that lost their life in the tragic collision that took place last Apr…

Giving Back to Lukasezck family

November 21, 2018
Bryan Lukasezck, his wife Scarlet, and their daughter Aspen have been a youth hockey family for almost all of 12 yr old Aspen’s life, with Aspen skating, Bryan coaching, and mom Scarlet never missing a chance to cheer them on from the stands. Last July their family had a big scare. After several months of symptoms, Scarlet was diagnosed with a meningioma (for the rest of us, that’s a type of br…

Giving Back to Dave Martinez

October 12, 2018
A friend in need… Dave Martinez recently had a heart attack at home after a hockey game, with apparently genetics the reason behind the heart attack. He took an ambulance to the hospital and then a flight to another hospital that was a better fit for his high end medical need. The DAWGs were at it again last night!! Dave Martinez is a gentleman is every sense of the word and is alwa…

Giving Back to the Soveroski Family

October 11, 2018
A tragedy on the ice… Lenny was involved in all youth and adult sports in the Cheyenne community as an official. While officiating a Men’s League hockey game on 10/07/2018, he suffered and died from an apparent heart attack. He leaves behind a wife, Joanne, and two grown children, Alex and Jane. Lenny was a high school special education teacher who had intended to retire at the end of the …
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Giving Back to Matt Martinez

September 4, 2018
Matt Martinez is a single father of two sons and one of the most unselfish people you’ll ever meet as witnessed by the donation of one of his kidneys to Dave “D-REP” Repsher. This unbelievable gesture changed Dave’s life and has helped him continue to live life to it’s fullest. Unfortunately Matt had his share of health issues following the organ donation and that’s where DAWG Nation steppe…
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Giving Back to the Graham Family

August 20, 2018
A tragic event. Don Graham was a long time Denver-area official, scheduler and former board member with CIHRA. Don also officiated in Wyoming and his home-state of Montana. He moved back to Montana just a year and half ago following a change in employment. Don is married to wife, Jana, and has two boys Dustin and Tanner. Dustin is a Denver-area official. Tanner lives with his mother in Monta…
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