X-Men hockey to support Team Stock
When the StFX X-Men host the Saint Mary's Huskies on Saturday, January 30th at 7:00 pm, it will be Team Stock Night with some special events going on in an ongoing effort to raise funds for the Dean Stock educational fund.
The X-Men will be wearing specialty Team Stock jerseys during warm-up which will in turn be autographed and auctioned off during the game. Raffle tickets will also be sold on a StFX Team Stock jersey signed by the entire X-Men team. Proceeds from the 50/50 sales that evening will be donated towards the cause and Team Stock T-shirts will be on sale throughout the game.
X-Men Hockey is now selling T-shirts in support of the Team Stock initiative for X-Men hockey alumnus Dean Stock. The T-shirts cost $20 and will be on sale at all X-Men hockey home games. Fans in Antigonish can also purchase a T-shirt in office 104A at the StFX Oland Centre or by contacting Krista McKenna at 902-867-5381 to have a T-shirt shipped to you.
All proceeds raised from the selling of the Team Stock T-shirts will be donated directly to the Stock family educational fund.
ANTIGONISH, NS – (February 6, 2015) The StFX X-Men hockey team is very pleased to lend their support to the ‘Team Stock’ initiative for former X-Men hockey athlete Dean Stock. Dean, a native of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., was recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease.
Dean’s brother PJ Stock, also a former X-Man, and current Hockey Night in Canada analyst, recently told the story of his brother on a Rogers Hometown Hockey national television broadcast in an effort to bring the fight against ALS back into the forefront, and help raise awareness for this disease.
The Hometown Hockey episode created significant awareness of Dean’s story, touching a lot of people nationally, including X-Men head coach Brad Peddle, a former teammate of both Dean and PJ during their time at StFX.
“I had the opportunity to play with both Dean and PJ and am glad to call both friends,” says Peddle. “They were both great teammates, very good players and even better guys, and we will absolutely support the Stock family in any way we can.”
StFX Director of Athletics & Recreation Leo MacPherson echoes the sentiment, commenting “It’s at times like this when the StFX community pulls together to support one of our own. Dean definitely left his mark at StFX and he has been making us proud ever since. We want the Stocks to know the X family is solidly behind them and will do whatever we can to offer our support.”
As the X-Men are set to host the CIS University Cup national championship in Halifax this coming March 12-15, they plan to use this platform to help generate more awareness and support for Dean amongst StFX alumni, hockey supporters and fans from all over Canada.
Starting this weekend for their final AUS regular season games, the X-Men will be wearing ‘Team Stock’ stickers on their helmets as an initial means to show their support for Dean. The stickers will remain in place throughout their AUS playoff drive and during the national championship. The team has embraced Dean’s battle against ALS and all X-Men athletes, coaches and staff will be wearing ‘Team Stock’ T-shirts around arenas leading up to the CIS University Cup.
While plans are ongoing for other initiatives to support Dean and his family, StFX Athletics, Coach Peddle and the X-Men hockey program wanted to generate awareness now for ‘Team Stock’ to keep Dean’s story in the forefront.
Dean played with the X-Men for three seasons from 1998 to 2001, collecting 64 points (28 goals and 36 assists) and 199 penalty minutes in 78 AUS regular season games. He was the X-Men’s most improved player in 1999-00 and received team most valuable player honors in 2000-01. PJ Stock played one season for the X-Men in 1996-97, earning AUS all-rookie honors and the X-Men unsung hero award before being signed by the New York Rangers in 1997 and going on to enjoy a seven year NHL/AHL career.
“Dean was a very popular player and leader during his time at StFX and an important part in building the program to where it is today,” comments Brad Peddle. “As part of our X-Men hockey and StFX family, we will do whatever we can to support both him and his family. Dean was a very fierce competitor on the ice and we certainly know he will show the same fight in his battle against ALS.”