Saturday, March 21, 2020 was supposed to be the 20th year that the MI-UCP Pucksters would take on the Red Wing Alumni. COVID had other plans. However, we are pleased to announce that the 20th game will take place on March 19, 2022.
The Skate Without Limits Charity Hockey Event benefits MI-UCP (Michigan United Cerebral Palsy) and will be played at the St. Mary's Arena on the campus of Orchard Lake St. Mary's, 3535 Indian Trail, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48324. The event will begin at 4:00 pm with a Sled Hockey exhibition featuring the Grand Rapids Sled Wings and then the Red Wing Alumni-UCP Pucksters game was 6:00 pm. An afterglow pizza party followed immediately.
All proceeds from this charity event will be used to assist people with disabilities and their families. MI-UCP s a local non-profit advocacy organization representing the needs of all people with disabilities and their families all across Michigan. Eighty-Five percent of every dollar raised from UCP special events is used for programs and services that benefit directly the people we serve.
The Detroit Red Wing Alumni Association, which is the oldest such organization in the NHL, now plays around 30 games a year to the benefit of worthy charities. This group uses their status as former NHL players to bring people together for a common goal...to raise spirits and raise money for some wonderful organizations.
The alumni roster includes such names as John Ogrodnick, Jimmy Carson, Dino Ciccarelli, Petr Klima, Darren McCarty, Dave Coulier (of TV's Full House), Jason Woolley, Todd Bertuzzi, Joe Kocur, Brent Fedyk, Pat Peake, Red Berenson and fan favorite, Mickey Redmond.
Together we have raised nearly $500,000 over the past 19 years for the disability community.
Anna Dusbiber will drop the ceremonial puck for 2022.
Anna co-founded the Ann Arbor CIL’s Youth Services Program more than fifteen years ago. As program manager, Anna communicates with participants, recruits volunteers, and plans and implements events. The Youth Services Program offers workshops, social activities, individual assistance and advocacy to support youth as they navigate school and prepare to transition into adulthood. Anna has mentored many youth over the years and is a certified peer mentor of the Ann Arbor CIL. She speaks at conferences and local events on behalf of the Ann Arbor CIL. Anna earned her Master of Social Work with a concentration in children and family services from Eastern Michigan University and her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication and Management, magna cum laude, also from Eastern Michigan. Anna was recently awarded one of the Kit McDonnell Life Without Limits Award from MI-UCP.