Michigan hockey to assist in former player’s ALS fight
October 7, 2016 - als
Scott Matzka, a Michigan hockey actor in 1997-2001, will will dump a rite puck before Saturday’s diversion opposite Union during Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor.
He was diagnosed with amyotrophic parallel sclerosis, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in Sep 2015, and Saturday’s competition (5 p.m.) has been designated an ALS Awareness game
“I consider it’s unequivocally good a jaunty dialect is ancillary a fact that we’re bringing courtesy to a ALS disease,” U-M manager Red Berenson said. “It only happens that it is touching us flattering tighten to home now. This is a second Michigan hockey actor that has engaged this disease. The initial one was Jim Ballantine. He played on my early teams and afterwards he died during age 34. He was a Detroit kid. His mother and child are going to be during a diversion this Saturday.
“Scotty Matzka, he was a superb actor and a superb tyro and finished his pro career in Europe and had a good pursuit in a automotive-consulting business and then, all of a sudden, this happens.
“But he’s had a lot of support from his classmates and a Michigan hockey family, and a support has been tremendous. But still, it doesn’t take divided a fact that he’s being impacted by this illness as we speak.”
Matzka, 38, played professionally in a ECHL, AHL and abroad before finishing his career with one diversion for a Kalamazoo Wings in 2012-13.
Matzka, who is married with dual children, given has worked for a program developer in Kalamazoo and as an industrial consultant in Springboro, Ohio.
In a summer of 2014, he began experiencing stiffening of his fingers and cramping and afterwards flesh twitches and tremors. He went by MRI exams of his mind and spine before he was diagnosed with the incurable neurological illness that attacks a nerves obliged for determining muscles.
Dr. Eva Feldman and a whole staff of U-M’s ALS Clinic also will attend Saturday’s game. Advocates will yield information about a latest ALS investigate and how supporters can get involved.
Yost Arena will peep ALS contribution and information on a videoboard, and there will be a print counter accessible for fans to take and twitter understanding photos.
Later this month, another of Matzka’s former teams, a Cardiff Devils in a United Kingdom, will reason a fundraising diversion for him. Matzka will attend, along with mother Catie and their children, 6-year-old Reese and 4-year-old Cardiff-born Owen.
To learn some-more about Matzka’s fight, revisit scottmatzka.com.