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Charity hockey games draw a capacity crowd in Isanti




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Nov. 10, 2017                                                    

Hockey fans treated to special evening honoring Matt Olson

A capacity crowd of over 1,400 hockey fans filled Isanti County Arena on Monday, Nov. 6 to watch two hockey games and help raise money for Isanti native Matt Olson, who suffered a spinal cord injury playing junior hockey last year.

"The entire evening was a memorable one for our family,” said Sue Olson, Matt's mother. “Thank you to everyone involved, from the teams, the volunteers, arena staff, youth association, and all the fans.”

More than $11,000 was raised during the event, which included a silent auction, souvenir t-shirt sales and player autographs. The proceeds will be used by Matt to continue with his physical therapy and fitness programs. 

The festivities started with Olson and his family participating in the ceremonial puck drop at center ice. He also was presented with the Spirit of Life Award from the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum.

The first game featured a Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) matchup as Bemidji State University skated against the University of Minnesota Duluth in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Women's Face-Off Classic. Bemidji State defeated UMD 3-2.

Both college teams enjoyed participating in a game held in a youth hockey setting.

"Everyone involved with this game helped to provide a memory for our group that will last a lifetime,” said Bemidji State Head Coach Jim Scanlan. “The atmosphere in the arena was terrific and playing in front of a packed house was a lot of fun for both teams."

The second contest of the evening was a match-up between two teams from the U.S. Premier Hockey League, which was the junior league Olson was playing in last season when he was injured. The Minnesota Blue Ox, a team owned by Minnesota Wild Coach Bruce Boudreau, beat the Minnesota Moose 6-3.

The Cambridge-Isanti community and everyone involved should feel proud about making this one of the most memorable sporting events in the town’s history.

Photo – Matt Olson at ceremonial puck drop

Photo credit – Mike Thill

Matt Olson at Ceremonial Puck Drop

Congrats to the USA Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2017

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