The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s hockey team have joined the fight against cancer after a pair of diagnoses have hit close to home.
When two members of the team — goaltender Dylan Tait and equipment manager/athletic therapist Brennan Mahon — were diagnosed with testicular cancer, the Pronghorns decided to use the unfortunate news to contribute to the cause.
For the rest of the season, the team is raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Prior to a game against the UBC Thunderbirds on Jan. 30, the Pronghorns hockey team will be shaving their heads with all donations going towards a $10,000 goal.
“We realize it’s not something you want to think about but come on, you have to be smart, too,” Pronghorns defenceman Corbin Karl told the Lethbridge Herald. “Even more than raising money is making sure people get diagnosed. That was one thing Taiter was pretty clear about. He said ‘If I’ve got it, you might have it and you don’t even know.’”
Up to this date, the team has raised more than $7,300. For more information on how to donate click here.
A fourth-year player who has also suited up for the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes, Tait was recently featured in Sportsnet Magazine's Hometown Hockey issue.
Hometown Hockey will be in Lethbridge, AB., on March 28-29.