Fredonia State to hold stroke awareness game tonight

The third annual Stroke Awareness Game is Friday night when Fredonia hosts Bryn Athyn at the Steele Hall Ice Arena.

The Blue Devils will wear red jerseys and socks while raising money for the Foundation of Kaleiida Health of Western New York.

Fredonia senior forward Luke Rivera (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) originated the idea for a Stroke Awareness Game as a way to honor his mother, Dana, who suffered a stroke nearly nine years ago.

With the help of his grandmother, Arleen Bachner, Rivera has raised $20,000 the past two years. In addiction, he was a finalist for the 2018 Hockey Humanitarian Award, which included a $500 donation to his charity.

A table to accept more donations and purchase raffle tickets will be set up in the Steele Hall lobby at Friday’s game.

Prior to the game, stroke survivor Sarah Fisk, wife of Fredonia Director of Athletics Jerry Fisk, will take part in a ceremonial puck drop.

Doors open one hour prior to 7 o’clock faceoff, which pits the Blue Devils (2-1) against the Lions (1-3), a second-year NCAA program.