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The NHL jump started the Ice Bucket Challenge!

By Sean Fitzgerald

The NHL jump started the Ice Bucket Challenge!

Jun 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) celebrates with right wing Patrick Kane (88) after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in game seven of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Today my faith in humanity was shaken. I took part in a discussion about the Ice Bucket challenge. The people involved conversation thought the Ice bucket challenge was just a publicity stunt. I had to set the record straight informing the people involved that Ice Bucket Challenge was a good cause. I knew it has helped raise more money this year than all of last year.

After being shaken by the conversation, I researched the Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge was created by Pete Frates a former Boston College baseball player. Pete has ALS and has lost the use of his arms and legs. ALS is a progressive neurodegeneratve disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The challenge was supposed to be a private appreciation for Pete’s disease. His family and friend made the rules which once someone was challenged, they have 24 hours to complete the challenge.

One of Pete’s high school teammates, a hockey player challenged Gregory Campbell of the Boston Bruins. Campbell then went out and challenged teammate Chris Kelly and Bruins head coach Claude Julien. Once that happened the Ice Bucket challenge spread through the NHL like a wild fire. NHL Stars got involved: Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Patrick Kane, and many others took the challenge. The challenge went all the way to the top of the NHL with Commissioner Gary Bettman completing the challenge.

In case people hadn’t noticed NHL players always take their charity work very seriously. They also always seem to have the most fun with videos. P.K. Subban had a dump trunk pour ice on him. Andrew Shaw dumped a cup of water on himself and then had a bucket dumped on his head. Paul Bissonnette took the challenge to the extreme having a helicopter drop glacier water onto of on him. Did I mention Bissonnettte was in the mountains?

The NHL got the Ice Bucket challenge going viral and then it spread to other sports. MLB, NFL, and NBA stars have followed the NHL’s lead in the ice bucket challenge. The challenge has spread to normal people like me and MANY others. The NHL got the challenge going vial and it has HELP SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT ALS and HELPED RAISE 20 million dollars thus far. Once again the NHL and good people restored my faith in humanity.

If anyone starts to criticize the Ice Bucket Challenge just plainly say this, ” It’s family and friends trying to help a loved one and then ask this question: What would you do for your loved ones??”

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