In two weeks’ time, the St. Louis Jr. Blues will be hosting the Rochester Ice Hawks in a crucial out-of-division series. But when they take the ice on the night of February 18th, it won’t just be standings points they’ll be playing for: it’s also for hundreds of children and their families throughout the St. Louis area coping with autism.
2017 marks the third season of partnership between the Jr. Blues and The Frozen Cup, an adult hockey tournament held each year at the outdoor Shaw Park Ice Rink in Clayton, MO. All proceeds from the tournament go directly to local families whose children have autism-spectrum disorders to help offset the expensive costs of treatment.
The Frozen Cup was originally founded in memory of Chase Miller Potroff, a young boy diagnosed with an ASD when he was two years old. Chase began therapy soon after, notably using specially-developed iPad apps to help communicate with others—a practice soon adapted for other children with ASDs worldwide. Sadly, Chase passed away at the age of four from an unrelated illness: in his honor, his friends and family created The Frozen Cup to raise funds for autism research and treatment, all while playing hockey the way it was meant to be played.
This year’s Frozen Cup game will take place on February 18th at 7 PM at the Affton Ice Rink. The Jr. Blues will be wearing special commerative jerseys (pictured above), sponsored by the David Cooke Plastering Co. of South Windsor, CT. Like the Jr. Blues’ Backstoppers and Brendan’s Buddies sweaters worn earlier this year, these will be auctioned off during and after the game, and judging by the response to the previous jersey auctions they will be a hot ticket item. For more information about The Frozen Cup or to donate and help #ShutOutAutism, please visit their website: http://frozencupstl.com