NEWARK, N.J. - For the New Jersey hockey community, October is a special month to honor and support those fighting cancer. Each year, goalies lead the charge raising funds for cancer research and treatment organizations that include Stand Up to Cancer, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Across North America, goalies compete individually and as a state for the title of most prolific fundraiser. This year, New Jersey goalies cleared out the competition, collectively raising more than $130,000 for the nonprofits. The highest raising goalie in the nation was the Red Bank Generals’ Lucas Epstein who contributed over $20,000 to the total.
The New Jersey Devils honored the goalies at their Hockey Fights Cancer game on November 21 at the Prudential Center. Other goalies joined Epstein including Caleb Elias from Devils Youth, Zachary Cohen and Mason Katz from the New Jersey Colonials, and Tyler Um from the North Jersey Avalanche.
These goalies stood proudly alongside fellow player and Devils Junior Captain Franco Monnecka who is currently in remission following treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2021.