Liverpool (WSYR-TV) -- Tryouts are over, players have been chosen and high school hockey is about to begin. And one local team wants to win more than a game when the season opens.
The Liverpool High School hockey Warriors are beginning the season with an added goal in mind – an assist to Kelly Gleason, a Baldwinsville High School student who was injured in a crash that killed her mom last month.
“It's just that she's 16 and you never know when your life can change in an instant. I can't imagine growing up without your mom, it's got to be so hard,” said hockey player Kyle Broughton.
Broughton came up with the game plan to turn their season opener into an opportunity to raise money for the Gleason family.
“I think it hit home with a lot of these kids, they’re just starting to drive, they drive with their families quite a bit and we want to give back to the community and help a family going through a tough time, since we do play in Baldwinsville for our home games,” said Liverpool High School Hockey Coach Chris Mathes.
The players are getting skilled fundraising support from their moms and dads, who are eager to help.
“Hockey is another family. We call it another religion,” said parent Suzanne Kozikoski.
“It’s only two to three dollars, it’s not much, so come out and support the cause. It’s easy,” Broughton continued.
They know it isn’t going to be easy for Kelly Gleason and her family, but they’re hoping she takes comfort in knowing the team wants to do what it can to help her push forward and heal.
The game is Tuesday, November 27 at 7 p.m. at the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena’s red rink. Admission is three dollars for adults and two dollars for students. 100 percent of that money will be donated to the Gleason family. The goal is to get 1,000 people to come out to the game.