Vancouver Canucks Calder Trophy finalist and Waterloo Black Hawks alumnus Brock Boeser is sponsoring an effort to brighten the lives of Cedar Valley kids with health, economic, or family challenges by providing them with tickets for hockey games at Young Arena.
Leukemia patient Cole Mikkelsen will be the first youngster to enjoy a Black Hawks game with his family through the “Boeser’s Buddies” Program this Friday when Waterloo hosts the Dubuque Fighting Saints at 7:05 p.m.
“I have been blessed in a lot of ways, and this is a great opportunity to give something back,” Boeser said. “One of those blessings was the time I spent in Waterloo with a great organization, great coaches, great teammates, and great fans.”
In addition to game tickets, Cole and future “Boeser’s Buddies” participants will enjoy special experiences like getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the Black Hawks’ locker room and other parts of Young Arena, a visit from Tommy Hawk, signed Black Hawks memorabilia, and complimentary food and beverages.
Coming soon, Black Hawks fans will be able to nominate candidates for the “Boeser’s Buddies” program through a devoted page on waterlooblackhawks.com. Charitable and youth-focused organizations in the Cedar Valley are particularly encouraged to share the program details with the families of the children they serve.
During his one season with the Black Hawks in 2014/15, Boeser tied for the United States Hockey League lead with 35 goals. Adding 33 assists, he averaged more than a point per game in his 57 appearances. In the summer of 2015, Vancouver chose Boeser with the 23rd overall selection in the NHL Draft, the earliest pick in Black Hawks history. As a freshman at the University of North Dakota the following season, Boeser helped the program to an NCAA National Championship. He made his NHL debut in the spring of 2017; last year was his first full season in the NHL.
To order tickets for Friday’s game between the Black Hawks and Dubuque, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.