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Club hockey hosts "Brockport Beats Brain Tumors" game

by Lou Vendetti
Tue, Jan 30th 2018 10:00 pm
The Brockport club hockey team (above) gathers around its fundraiser display in the Seymour College Union ahead of its second annual `Brockport Beats Brain Tumors` game.
The Brockport club hockey team (above) gathers around its fundraiser display in the Seymour College Union ahead of its second annual "Brockport Beats Brain Tumors" game.

The score didn’t matter. In hindsight, a win would have been nice, but the Brockport club men’s hockey team was playing for something bigger than a win against SUNY Geneseo on Saturday, Jan. 27. The club hockey team played in its second annual Brockport Beats Brain Tumors game, raising money for the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Brain Tumor Care Fund. 

It all started with Marshal Scheidt. Scheidt graduated from The College at Brockport in 2016, having played on the men’s club hockey team during his time. 

“I did this game when I was a senior two years ago,” Scheidt said. “We took the year off last year and the guys asked me if I could help out this year.”

Scheidt organized the first game when he was a senior with the team. It’s important to him because he’s had to fight brain tumors himself.

“I had a brain tumor when I was 14 and then it grew back when I was 17,” Scheidt said. “My senior year, I was kind of realizing that it was the last hockey team I was going to play on where I had the base to get people to come to games, because right now I’m playing in a men’s league and nobody comes to those games.”

With such a personal connection to the cause and the team, Scheidt organized the second annual game. Scheidt worked tirelessly to organize the fundraiser and game. He teamed up with the University of Rochester Medical Center where he received his own treatments to fund a new program in its department.

“The University of Rochester asked me to direct the funds to a newer area called the Brain Tumor Care Fund,” Scheidt said. “It goes to helping families who are dealing with brain tumors however they can, like financially. Obviously, when you’re going through something like that, paying bills is not something you want to have to worry about.”

The men’s club team took on the cause with open arms. Each player wore a special jersey for the night with the logo for the event on the front. 

“I didn’t really know a lot about brain tumor research and care until I met Marshal,” team captain James Roehl said. “Just knowing Marshal and being good friends with him, it means a lot to me, and I know it means a lot to all of us to play for him and play for the cause. We’re playing for Marshal, we’re playing for brain tumors.”

The men’s club team has also taken on a new challenge this season. They joined the ACHA, or the American Collegiate Hockey Association, in division II for club sports. It’s a step up from last season when the team played in division three. The ACHA made the team’s schedule and put them in a division with other area colleges such as SUNY Geneseo and SUNY Canton.

The annual game against Geneseo was a tough game. Brockport lost 9-1, scoring only once in the first period on a gritty goal down low. The team was down 6-1 to start the third period and let in three late goals to seal the game.

During the game, however, the funds raised for the game were announced and a check was handed to Scheidt. Scheidt’s fundraiser raised $3,652 to go toward the Brain Tumor Care Fund. If you missed the game and you’d still like to donate, you can make an online donation at event.urmc.edu/braintumorcare.

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