BC, BU legends personification Friday in ALS diversion – Eagle
July 14, 2016 - als
What, no Sidney Crosby?
“Sid a Kid” couldn’t make it though Brian Dumoulin, Nick Bonino and Conor Sheary from a Stanley Cup champion Penguins all will be personification Friday (7 p.m. during Boston University’s Walter Brown Arena) in a second annual Comm Ave Charity Classic.
Another gorgeous array of hockey talent, many with Boston College and Boston University ties, will be playing.
Some of a other players embody San Jose Sharks brazen John McCarthy of Andover, a St. John’s Prep star who was a co-captain on BU’s 2009 inhabitant championship team; also hockey fable Brian Leetch, Stephen Gionta, Jimmy Hayes, Mike Mottau, Shawn McEachern, Jay Pandolfo, Craig Adams, Danny O’Regan and Matt Grzelcyk.
The diversion was desirous by ALS patients Dick Kelley and Peter Frates. Kelley, a connoisseur of Andover High and BC, worked for 25 years during BC in a sports information department. Just 48, he mislaid his 3-year conflict to ALS in Feb of 2014.
Frates, a St. John’s Prep and BC ball star from Beverly, desirous a Ice Bucket Challenge that swept a country. Frates, 31, and his family have worked tirelessly to lift income and recognition of a horrific disease, that is also famous as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Former BC hockey stars Pat Mullane (BC ‘13) and Andrew Orpik (BC ‘09) founded a gift eventuality final year. It was a outrageous hit, sketch 3,500 fans and lifting over $55,000 for Compassionate Care ALS.
Mullane said, “Dick Kelley was good for me. The life lessons we schooled from DK and him holding me underneath his wing I’ll never forget. The diversion is a constant covenant to Pete Frates and Dick Kelley … their impact not usually on a ALS village though a BC community. Boston is a really constant city, it’s constant to a own.”
Former BC basketball captain Ted Kelley, Dick’s comparison brother, said, “Dick would be respected during a volume of time and bid put into creation this eventuality such a success. Pat Mullane and Andrew Orpik have finished an superb job. The grant of all a people, players and support staff, from both Boston College and Boston University, has been overwhelming. Our family is intensely elegant to have Dick remembered in such a special way.”
One special actor is 14-year NHL maestro Craig Adams. His father-in-law, former Mass. Governor Paul Cellucci, succumbed to ALS in 2013. Cellucci graduated from BC and BC Law.
The diversion bolsters a repute hockey has for being maybe a many giving athletes in sports.
Mullane and Orpik contend stability to attract such chosen talent has been surprisingly easy.
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“The BC guys, they were great,” pronounced Mullane, who combined they have collected a ton of considerable equipment for a raffle-auction during a game. “A lot of guys were texting us in Oct and November. They’d say, ‘I’m perplexing to devise my summer and we wish to play.’”
The BU players have an additional reason to play as this year’s diversion will also advantage a Travis Roy Foundation. In 1995, Roy was tragically inept only 11 seconds into his initial change in his Boston University career.
Mullane was asked his many noted impulse from final year.
He said, “Being on a ice for a rite puck dump and Pete Frates was introduced. It was how shrill Walter Brown Arena got. I’ll never forget it. Then Andrew and we knew we put together something special.”
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Comm Ave Classic
Where: BU’s Walter Brown Arena
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
To benefit: Compassionate Care ALS, Travis Roy Foundation
Tickets: Available during diversion or during ccals.org/2016-cacc
To donate: Visit ccals.org/2016-cacc