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Annual Ohio Hockey Alumni Game Raises Thousands for Cancer Charity

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The Ohio hockey program hosted their sixth annual Ice Ghosts exhibition game to fight cancer and raise money for the American Cancer Society on Friday. Just before the game, a total of $4,845 was raised online and a portion of ticket sales was donated afterwards.

The event was founded in 2012 by Ohio Hockey alum, Jim Fuhs, after his mother, Becky, was diagnosed with cancer.

Jim’s brother, Jared, was a senior Ohio hockey player at the time. Former Ohio coach Dan Morris wanted to do something for the family and invited Jim and some of his fellow classmates to play in an alumni game to fight cancer in honor of Becky.

Although Jim Fuhs was not in attendance, Jared played.

“It’s exciting to come back and seeing all of the former players that we don’t see too often,” Jim said. “When we first started this, we never thought it’d come to something like this and be so supportive and we’re lucky to have coaches and team members here still supporting the cause which is great to see.”

There were 45 players, past and present, playing in the exhibition game that was even officiated by an Ohio Hockey alum.

“It’s kind of considered an off-week” freshman center Gianni Evangelisti said afterwards. “Having the alumni in town, getting out, and having fun skating, not a lot of pressure.”

Although this was a laid back game, the Bobcats beat the alumni 5-4 and at the end, all 45 players gathered in the middle of Bird Arena for a picture.

Ohio is scheduled to play at home this weekend as the Bobcats host Pitt Feb. 3 and 4. Puck drop will be at 7:30 Friday and Saturday.