The Detroit Moose Hockey Club and the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association are set to face off 5 p.m. Saturday in their annual charity hockey game, according to a news release from the Moose.
This year’s matchup aims to raise funds and awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the news release said. The game will be played 5 p.m. Saturday at Canton's .
Juvenile diabetes – or Type 1 diabetes – affects people of all ages, the news release said, though most are either children or adolescents. The disease, which results when the pancreas stops producing insulin, is incurable, though research continues to foster new and improved treatments.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the game will start at promptly at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the game, according to the news release. A variety of raffle prizes will also be given away, including a Compaq computer, signed Red Wings memorabilia, Red Wings game tickets, and two high-definition televisions. All admission tickets will be entered into the drawings.
Children under the age of 10 will be admitted free of charge. A limited number of dinner-package tickets also are available, at $50. These must also be purchased in advance of the game, but include admission, as well as dinner with both teams after the game at nearby . Dinner includes an appetizer, meal, dessert and access to an open bar, the news release said. Participants must be at least 21 years of age.
Each year the Detroit Moose partners with the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association for a variety of causes.
This year's effort hits close to home for the Detroit Moose. A couple of years ago, Moose player Brandon Malinowski was stricken by the disease and now requires the aid of an insulin pump, the news release said.
The Detroit Moose were organized in 2002 by team captain Derek Fowler, , with the intention of using it as a platform to give back to the community, the news release said. Each year, the Moose partner with various charities. To date, the team has reported more than $150,000 in donations.
In commemorating the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, Fowler told Patch he always tells his team, "Don't wait until tomorrow to make a difference today."
For more information, log onto www.detroitmoose.org.