by Dan Gibson
Arizona Wildcat Hockey (they're not the Icecats these days, thank you very much) have their first home games this Friday and Saturday night against the Liberty Flames at the newly-renovated TCC Arena, but first, as
a kickoff faceoff to the season, they're hosting a fanfest tonight at 6:30 p.m. It's an opportunity to watch a practice, look around the arena and meet the players, plus it's free.
Plus, they're doing something nice for a kid with cancer:
Coach Berman continues, “One of Fan Fest’s highlights will be the introduction of the newest addition to our team — Chase Lock. Chase is a 6-year-old boy who has been fighting CPC (choroid plexus carcinoma) brain cancer since the age of 2 ½.
Chase is part of “Draft Day,” which is facilitated by Boston-based nonprofit organization, Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Team IMPACT children are drafted on to local college athletic teams and, in effect, become official members of the team from Draft Day through to graduation, attending practices, games and social events while forming unparalleled relationships with the student-athletes and coaching staffs.
“We are thrilled to welcome Chase and his family to the UA Wildcat Hockey family,” said Coach Berman. “He is a very tough kid who has battled through some unfortunate circumstances. I expect that we will learn a lot from Chase and look forward to bonding with him as the newest member of our team.”