Since January, 20 ice hockey teams from 15 schools in Fairfield County have raised nearly $55,000 to date for ALS research through the FCIAC #IceALS fundraising campaign. Every FCIAC school’s team of hockey players has raised nearly $2,000 for #IceALS. Top fundraising amounts came from Wilton High School raising over $14,000; followed by New Canaan high school at nearly $6,000; Trinity Catholic raising $5,000; St. Joseph’s raising $4,000; and Darien, Trumbull and Ridgefield high schools raising $3,000.

With the season coming to a close, the teams are committed to reaching their fundraising goal of $100,000 for #IceALS during the upcoming playoff games. Teams will encourage fans to donate at the games or online at www.als.net/IceALS. Each playoff game will also include a Chuck A Puck competition, with numbered pucks for purchase at $5 each or five for $20.

The FCIAC #IceALS campaign is held in honor of people with ALS and their families everywhere, including Eric Craven, father of Wilton captains, Amanda and Elizabeth, and in memory of former Trinity Catholic ice hockey player, Drew Schemera. All proceeds will benefit ALS.net, which directly supports the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research.

Eric’s wife, Claire Craven, says, “What I love about Wilton High School is how the students rally together for many great causes, such as FCIAC #IceALS. It is a testament to the wonderful job so many parents have done in instilling the importance of giving back and making a difference; and, they do it without a need for personal recognition, but instead for the team to win. It really has been a fantastic thing to watch and be a part of.”

Even though Wilton teams are out of the playoffs, players from both Wilton Girls and Boys teams will be at the playoff games helping out with chuck-a-puck and collecting donations at the games. At the request of boys’ team captains Henry Hovland and Jake Tucker, three local businesses also collected donations to help the Wilton team lead in collections against the other 15 schools:  Wilton Hardware, CT Coffee & Grill and Village Market.

What’s more, the girls and boys teams baked and hosted a week long bake sale raising nearly $700 – a great testament to the entire WHS student body who participated in giving. In addition, captains, Amanda & Elizabeth, conducted a letter campaign via email and secured $7500 to put the team over the top.

#IceALS will be part of each of the playoff games (schedule below). For more information and to donate to #IceALS, please visit the website, and follow on social media via hashtag, #IceALS.

PLAYOFF SCHEDULES

Girls Playoff Schedule (confirmed):
· Wednesday, February 24 at 6pm at Darien Ice Rink: New Canaan versus Ridgefield
· Wednesday, February 24 at 7:40pm at Darien Ice Rink: Darien versus Stamford/Staples/Westhill
· Saturday, February 27 at 12:50pm at Terry Connors Ice Rink: Winner of Wednesday 6pm game versus winner of Wednesday 7:40pm game

Boys Playoff Schedule (tentative):
Teams include Greenwich, Darien, Fairfield, Ridgefield, New Canaan and St. Joseph’s
The games will be scheduled as follows:
Saturday, February 27 at 3pm at Terry Connors Ice Rink: Boys Ranked 4 versus 5
Saturday, February 27 at 5pm at Terry Connors Ice Rink: Boys Ranked 3 versus 6
Wednesday, March 2 at 5pm at Terry Connors Ice Rink: Boys Ranked 2 versus winner of Saturday 3pm game
Wednesday, March 2 at 7pm at Terry Connors Ice Rink: Boys Ranked 1 versus winner of Saturday 5pm game
Saturday, March 5 at 3pm at Terry Connors Ice Rink: Winner of Wednesday 5pm versus Winner of Wednesday 7pm game