The Rockford IceHogs traded their skates for bowling shoes after defeating the Chicago Wolves on Saturday, enjoying their annual Bowl-A-Thon charity event at the Cherry Bowl in Rockford.
Players and coaches bowled with fans, as well as participating in an auction of various autographed IceHogs merchandise with all proceeds going to the Wisconsin chapter of the Huntington's Disease Society of America. It was a meaningful and special day in particular for Hogs captain Jake Dowell, who received national press in December when he learned that he had tested negative for the genetic disease that runs in his family.
"All the press about Huntington's disease is great, you can never have enough of that and raise enough funds. Hopefully sometime in the near future we can have a cure for this disease so we don't have to have these types of fundraisers anymore."
The IceHogs return to action on Wednesday at Milwaukee, their second game on a five-game road trip before they return home on March 5th and 6th for a weekend double-dip with Lake Erie.