Annual Cancer Night Takes on New Importance for Pointers Hockey Captain

January 17, 2017

Last season, the UW-Stevens Point Men’s Hockey team captured the program’s fifth NCAA Division III National Championship.

The March to Lake Placid wasn’t easy as the Pointers had to win six straight playoff games on the road to bring home the gold trophy. One of the key contributors to the playoff push for the Pointers was forward Kyle Sharkey who contributed with timely scoring and leadership as an assistant captain.

Keeping focus during the heat of a playoff race is difficult enough, but for Sharkey it was only half of it as he learned just prior to the NCAA Tournament that his mom Cindy had been diagnosed with breast cancer. “Many people say that finding out someone you know has cancer feels like a kick in the gut,” says Sharkey.” “My mom is one of the most positive people I know and we are blessed that she is winning the fight after successful treatment over the past few months.” 

Sharkey was able to sneak a quick trip home to Oklahoma to see his mom before boarding a bus to Adrian, Michigan for the first of three NCAA tournament games for the Pointers. “I was glad I was able to get home and support her as she has dedicated most of her life to supporting me and my hockey career.”

Fast forward to this season and Sharkey is preparing for another stretch drive as a co-captain of the team that has once again been highly ranked and has its sights set on another deep run in the playoffs.

As the team prepares for its annual Cancer Awareness Night “Put a Check to Cancer,” on Friday, January 20, against UW-Eau Claire, Sharkey has a new appreciation for the cause behind the game.  “Anything we can do to support families dealing with cancer goes beyond winning a game, but we will be motivated to play for them and appreciate the support of our fans,” said Sharkey.

This is the eighth year that the Pointers have teamed with Ministry Health Care, part of Ascension, for a cancer awareness event. The team’s radio home Sportsfan 100.5 and Team Schierl Companies assist in the effort to raise funds for the Saint Michael’s Foundation Hope is Building campaign.

The highlight of the event is the Pointers will once again wear special edition jersey’s that are part of an online auction. This year the team is using the “DASH Auction” mobile app to allow Pointer Hockey fans throughout the country to take part in the event. Bidding opens on Tuesday, January 17, and will close at 8:45 p.m. on Friday, January 20 during the game. The DASH Auction app is available on both IOS and Android devices in the app store or Google Play or by visiting from your mobile device. 

Once installed, scroll down to “Put a Check to Cancer with UWSP Men’s Hockey,” to place your bid.

“We are excited to partner with the DASH Auction app to improve the bidding process for this year’s event,” said associate head coach Tyler Krueger. “With players on our roster from 14 states and three Canadian provinces, use of this app will allow our fans in the stands and anyone across the country to join the auction and support the cause.”

All proceeds benefit the Hope is Building campaign which supports the new Breast Care Center at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital, part of Ascension and has a goal to provide hope, love, support, and unparalleled care for family, friends, and neighbors as they deal with breast care issues. Gifts made to Saint Michael’s Foundation help ensure patients and their families continue to receive quality and compassionate health care for which Ministry Saint Michael’s has been known for more than 100 years.

“We are once again blessed by the support of the Pointers and their fans as they continue to support this wonderful event in our community,” said Angie Heuck, director, Saint Michael’s Foundation. “We congratulate the team for their on ice success and the continued support of those affected by cancer in our community.”

Reserved seat tickets for Pointer Men’s Hockey are $9; general admission tickets are $7. For ticket information, call the UW-Stevens Point Information and Ticket Office at 715.346.4100 or 800.838.3378 or visit the Dreyfus University Center, 1015 Reserve St.

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