January 29, 2015 3:45 pm

Saskatchewan Huskies men’s hockey team supporting “Marty’s Men”


Watch above: The Saskatchewan Huskies take on the Alberta Golden Bears in men’s hockey Thursday and Friday. As Kim Thue reports there’s more going on at Rutherford than just hockey.

SASKATOON – Fans have one last chance to see the Saskatchewan Huskies men’s hockey team on home ice this season. But there will be a lot more going on at Rutherford Rink than just hockey. The Huskies will be raising funds in support of their former teammate Cody Smuk.

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“He’s just going through a bit of a battle with cancer right now,” says Huskies captain Matt Delahey, who is spearheading the initiative.

“(Smuk) got diagnosed last spring and he thought it might be beat, but he’s got another ten months of chemo in front of him and we just want to raise some money in his name and get him out and show some support for him.”

“This isn’t just another weekend,” states Huskies head coach Dave Adolph. “This is about a real quality kid who has put his time in and is in a bit of battle right now.”

The Huskies hockey team will be collecting donations for “Marty’s Men” (Marty is Cody’s nickname). Money from clothing sales and food sales will go towards the cause. Raffles items will also be on hand as well the Canadian Cancer Society to collect donations.

Thursday and Friday marks the final games of men’s hockey action at Rutherford this season. The Huskies will be facing the Alberta Golden Bears, who are their biggest rival and just happened to knock them off in last year’s University Cup Final.

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However, it is about so much more inside old Rutherford.

“The alumni here always look after each other, especially when something like this happens,” Delahey says proudly. “Even if you’re not a fan of the Huskies, there is a young man battling cancer and a lot of people have been through it.

“It’s not easy on a person. I definitely would like to see this place packed to show him some support.”

“We really believe you’re a Huskie for life,” adds Adolph. “We make sure we help our guys get jobs. We help them graduate. We give them skills we think to help them be successful. Sometimes when someone tries to limit your progress, we are there to help them out as well.”

The Huskies and Golden Bears play both Thursday and Friday, and will be raising money for “Marty’s Men” both nights

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