The event space at 317 on Rice Park was abuzz. Hockey players young and old filled the room regaling stories of their glory days on ice, even if they came in the JV game only an hour and a half before. They came together for one cause, Hockey Helping Kids.
Thanks to Hockey Helping Kids hosts Commvault, Microsoft and RBA Consulting, the skaters enjoyed taking their shifts on the ice at the Xcel Energy Center and then joined their families, friends and coworkers for a dinner, raffle, and live auction to benefit the Hendrickson Foundation and the Autism Society of Minnesota. Following shortly after were the Wild game and another "varsity level" game on the ice at the X. This second game featured many notable Minnesota hockey alumni.
Items auctioned and raffled ranged from tickets to the Wild/Rangers game at Madison Square Garden, to a GoPro camera, dinner packages, jewelry and the coveted Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece fleece blanket.
The night also featured former Shattuck St. Mary's and Hill Murray hockey player Duke Pieper who had his career cut short by bleeding in his brain from a non-cancerous lesion and subsequently the many dangerous surgeries on his brainn and spine.
In the end two extra $2500 checks were donated to the Autism Society of Minnesota and the Hendrickson Foundation.