Shawn Leonard

March 9, 2024
Shawn grew up playing hockey in Littleton, but suffered a heart attack over a decade ago which briefly ended his hockey career.  Through aggressive therapy and training, he was able to return to good health and was back on the ice, where he is well known as being the “heart and soul” of his teams. Off the ice he is a great friend to everyone and in return enjoys the friendship of many. Shawn ex…

Mark Borgen

January 15, 2024
Mark Borgen “Borgs” has been a reliable centerman and a great teammate for over 20 years. A native of Minnesota and a huge Boston Bruins fan, Borgs plays both ice and roller hockey whenever he can. It was during a recent ice hockey game that Mark went into the boards hard, injuring a shoulder he’d already had surgically repaired years ago. His second surgery in late December was a success but, …

Mila Ekstrom

January 10, 2024
As a hockey community, we band together to support those in need. The “Scrappy Dawgs”, 12U skaters have initiated a heartwarming effort to raise funds for the younger sister of a teammate, Mila Ekstrom, who is facing a brave battle against cancer at just 5 years old. Her resilience and unwavering smile have inspired us all. It’s a tremendous challenge for anyone, let alone a 5-year-old, to comp…

Aaron Martinez

January 5, 2024
Aaron Martinez was a hockey dad through and through. He certainly left his mark on the Colorado hockey community in the five seasons he was involved with the Arapahoe Warriors, Big Bear/Evolution, and the Littleton Hawks. He loved watching the kids learn and grow as players and as individuals. He cheered for everyone’s accomplishments, and he always loved to say, “I just cheer for hockey. When …

Ronnie Emmitt

December 14, 2023
Ronnie Emmitt was a very intense person in everything he did. He played hockey intensely, he hurt intensely and most of all he loved his family intensely. Through the many difficult things Ronnie has gone through he always wanted one thing. That one thing was a family. He loved his mother, father and sister very much as a child. As an adult he was a very dedicated husband, father and stepfather…

Alyse Ruff

December 12, 2023
A night that reminds us of what life is about! Love, joy, and community. And what a privilege it is to have that here with the Dawgs! 4 of our mighty Dawgs received their “Wish Upon a Puck” moment that we’ll all remember for a lifetime. Skating with the Avs, signed jerseys, behind the scenes tours, check presentations, family and friends, and a chance for their stories to be heard in a way th…

Lawton Davis

December 10, 2023
Lawton Davis impacted quite a few lives during his time on this earth. From to his teammates on the soccer pitch , to the students in his classroom, to his fellow mountain bikers on the trails, to his beloved family at home, Lawton was someone that certainly made the most of his 44 years. The Carolina native lived an active life of adventure and passion centered around his beautiful family. L…

Stacey Burdick

December 6, 2023
Stacey Burdick On March 28, 2023, Stacey Burdick was diagnosed with rectal cancer. She has undergone radiation and is undergoing chemotherapy presently. Her doctors are telling her she may require future surgeries depending on her progress. Stacey is a Teacher’s Aide for special needs children at Eastwood Elementary School in East Alton, Illinois. Her husband, Travis, is a Captai…

Hanna Gootee

December 2, 2023
Hanna, Cancer and DAWG Nation Hanna has recently joined the team, and now helps DAWG Nation every day in our pursuit to touch as many hockey families as possible!!!  Welcome Hanna! The future is bright! Hanna’s energy and love for life is contagious. She has the ability to spread joy wherever she goes and find the beauty in every moment. Her compassion for others, her spirit for adventur…

Matt Bitter

December 1, 2023
A Team of Survivors, Morning Skate, St. Louis Boys, and Super Joe What a day of celebrating life! Surrounded by three gentlemen that have defied the odds it was definitely one for the ages! We began the day with an inspirational “Hockey Heals” skate, then off to Ball Arena to take in the morning skate, from there it was meet/greet with the St Louis Blues, and finally topped things off with sui…

Dave Fromm

December 1, 2023
Dave Fromm It’s a very difficult day for the Colorado and Minnesota hockey communities as we lost one of the real good ones. Dave Fromm had been a coach, mentor and friend to countless souls, positively impacting lives for decades. Most recently, Dave worked with Cappy, Jan Hejda and Geno Parrish in organizing our for ever “Pondy on Prior” event that was a prime of example of D…

Jeff Jewers

November 30, 2023
Jeff Jewers loved life, loved his family, and loved hockey. This hard working Canadian left a legacy across the Denver hockey scene that won’t soon be forgotten. Although Jeff has said “see you later” he Is surely lacing them up on the heavenly ice today. Loss of a Friend Our hockey family is struggling with the sudden passing of Jeff Jewers which has left a void in our hearts and on the…
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