GVL / Dylan McIntyre. Saturday, January 27, 2018. Grand Valley D3 vs Hope college for "GVSU Fights Cancer".

Creating a legacy: GVSU men's DIII hockey continues tradition of giving back to community

Sports help to unite people. They are a source of entertainment, a source of passion for the fans and a source of adrenaline for the athletes. Sometimes, sports can go beyond their primary purpose. Sometimes, they help turn a tragedy into an incredible story, uniting players, fans and everyone around them. The Grand Valley State men’s Division III club hockey team did just that. This past weekend, the club raised more than $7,000 (and counting) during their “Hockey Fights Cancer” game against Hope College on Saturday, Jan. 27. 

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GVL / Dylan McIntyre. Saturday, January 27, 2018. Grand Valley D3 vs Hope college for "GVSU Fights Cancer".

GVSU men's DIII hockey raises over $5K in 'Hockey Fights Cancer' event against Hope College

At a glance, the Grand Valley State men’s club Division III hockey game against Hope College may have appeared as just another game on the schedule.  But in actuality, the magnitude of the contest was much more than just a "game." The Lakers hosted their third annual “Hockey Fights Cancer” event in an attempt to raise money and awareness for those affected by all kinds of cancer on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Georgetown Ice Center.

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Quick hits: GVSU hockey's 'Pack the George' vs. MSU, new basketball transfer, new Athletics hire

Before every season, there are certain games that are circled on their calendars. Most of the time, it’s against their rivals. Whether it’s Yankees/Red Sox, Lakers/Celtics, Wolverines/Buckeyes or Red Wings/Avalanche, the intensity is always heightened.  For the Grand Valley State men’s Division II club hockey team, their rival has always been Michigan State’s hockey team. Luckily for fans, that matchup will be held Friday, Jan. 26, at 9 p.m. at the Georgetown Ice Center.

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Quick hits: GVSU track & field weekend results, HERO Sports nominations, rifle club Junior Olympics Qualifier

The Grand Valley State track and field team held the GVSU Open at home in the Kelly Family Sports Center on Friday, Jan. 19, and both the men's and women’s teams finished the meet with victories. The men dominated the rest of the competition, scoring 141 points as a team. The second-place team finished with 67. The women won the meet in similar fashion, scoring 126, with the second-place team only having 78.

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