This past weekend, Quad City Jr. Flames fans donated more than $1,200 to former Quad City Express coach Byron Pool and his family.
Pool's wife, Kay, recently had surgery to remove a tumor from her brain. At this time, she is only able to receive minimal treatment because she is pregnant with their second child. Pool is currently on a leave of absence from his assistant coaching job with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League.
Pool was the bench boss of the Express in the 2006-07 season.
Instead of the usual 50/50 drawing, Jr. Flames players who did not dress for the games with the Metro Jets walked through the crowd collecting donations from fans. Saturday's ticket sales, as well as proceeds from a blanket raffle, were also donated to the cause.
In good fun, Metro head coach Jason Cirone and Jets general manager Butch Wolfe challenged fans to donate. Cirone started the challenge, offering to donate $50 if someone in the crowd would do the same. His wager was matched by Jr. Flames off-ice official Jeff Wiatt.
Wolfe then offered to put $100 towards the cause if he was matched. Quad City defenseman Mat Foubert's mother, Cynthia, obliged and a few more donations came in after that.
All of the money raised will go to the Pool family to help cover gas money as they travel to and from treatments.
Pair of Jr. Blues Tendered by NAHL Teams
Two members of the NA3HL regular-season champion St. Louis Jr. Blues have signed North American Hockey League tender agreements for the 2011-2012 season.
Forward Dominic Valencia signed a tender with the St. Louis Bandits and forward Jamie DeMarco signed with the Kenai River Brown Bears.
"Dom was on the bubble with the Bandits this year and was one of their last cuts," said Jr. Blues head coach J.P. Beilsten. "He came back to us and showed that he can be dominate at our level and had the opportunity to strengthen his game in order to go back.
"Demo is among the fastest, if not the fastest player in the NA3HL. He has a good feel around the net with the puck and his speed can dominate games. (Kenai River head coach) Oliver David is an outstanding coach that has Kenai headed in the right direction and it was a good fit for Demo."