Lakers helping opponent
The Fort Frances Lakers are not letting competitive differences get in the way of helping a member of one of their SIJHL rivals get through a most difficult time.
The Wisconsin Wilderness visit the Ice For Kids Arena tonight for a 7:30 p.m. match-up with the Lakers minus their captain, Zach Kraft, who currently is fighting for his life.
In support of Kraft, the Lakers will be taking donations at tonight’s game, which will be used to help offset his medical expenses.
The 20-year-old from Fargo, N.D. suffered a concussion in a game Jan. 24 against the English River Miners.
When doctors ran tests to check the severity of the concussion, they discovered an abnormality that resulted in them sending him from the hospital in Spooner, Wis. to a larger medical facility in Duluth.
There, Kraft was found to have a brain tumor the size of a golf ball.
The tumor was removed and examined, with Duluth doctors discovering the glioblastoma.
“[Kraft] has a great attitude and continually states he knows he will beat this,” noted Wilderness head coach John McCreary.
“He is our team captain, [our] hardest-working player on and off the ice, and it was devastating news to our organization,” added McCreary.
“But we are rallied around him, for sure.”
Kraft has 24 points in 40 games this season.