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Nick Watson Benefit Games – Petoskey Northmen – Soo Eagles

The Nick Watson story is one that every parent fears becoming part of their players lives.  An innocent, accidental blow to the head and Nick’s life has been changed.

Nick is a 1995 DOB Goaltender for Cheboygan High School.  A great student, excellent goaltender, and a person who contributes to the Cheboygan Community in a positive way.  Unfortunately Nick also has amnesia.

During a Michigan High School Hockey game, Nick was covering a puck in the crease and he took an accidental blow to the head.  The position he was in was no different than fans see in any game.  The blow though was unfortunately just enough to render him with long and short term memory loss. 

Not recognizing family and friends for well over a month now, his memory has yet to return.

Last night, the Petoskey Northmen High School team played against the Cheboygan High School team and the Northern Michigan community came together to help Nick and his family pay mounting medical bills.  On one of the coldest nights of the year, despite the falling snow on a wednesday night, the Northmen raised $3000.00 to help with those costs.

Although competitors on the ice, these two schools have had players that have played with and against each other for the last dozen years.  Everyone knows everyone, and everyong cares about Nick.

Tomorrow night the NAHL’s Soo Eagles will also be raising funds for Nick.  The 50/50 drawing will have the Eagles matching thier portion of the funds and donating them to help with medical costs.  TJHN is encoraging everyone to attend the Eagles game and buy a 50/50 ticket to help in the cause.

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