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Crosscheck Cancer 2018

The Following is written by Gordon Potter, the man behind the Rochester, NY charity even Crosscheck Cancer:


My name is Gordon Potter, and I started the event in 2013 after my father was diagnosed with an aggressive stage 4 tongue and throat cancer. After seeing the battle he went through, the fight he put up for his life, and the help he had from some really amazing people, I felt a need to give back. I wanted to do something to say thank you to those who helped my father and give back to those in a similar situation as him. I decided to use hockey as a platform for this because the hockey community is like a family. Anyone who has played the sport or has been involved in it knows how tight that locker room and the friendships you make are.



The first year was on the small scale, a learning experience for me, but it went great. I had so much positive feedback from everyone involved that I knew I had to do it again, but needed to figure out how to build on what I had started. That is where the partnerhsip between myself and Bob Russell, the CEO of Gilda’s Club Rochester started. He had reached out to me to offer his help in the next years event as he has a background in these types of events having worked for the Amerks and Sabres in the past. We hit the ground running and really built an event. We reached out to local media, the Amerks alumni and anyone in the hockey community we could. Our goal was to get as much exposure to what we were doing as possible. We had local media members, Amerks Alumni and some men’s league players comprise the teams. We held fund raising events around the main event, had every local tv station cover it, along with our local radio stations as well. My friend Pat Duffy from WCMF is a big supporter and helped us plug it and get it out there quite a bit. We more than tripled the money raised in year two and had about 500 people come out. This year we have even more support from the Amerks with current players attending the game for autographs, pictures with fans and celebrity “coaching”.


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My vision for this event is simply growth. We want to eventually do a tournament. Get more Alumni involved, maybe with some friends from across the border in Toronto where we were invited to attend their annual Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer tournament in September. We want to eventually do a ball hockey game or tournament in the summer and really build it year round. The money raised from this event goes directly to Gilda’s Club Rochester and helps fund their 1,200 free programs they offer to our community to anyone who has been touched by cancer. This event goes right back into our community and that’s what it is all about. Coming together as a community to fight cancer as one. If I can help someone like my father or my family get through a very difficult time, then I feel like it is a success.


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Crosscheck Cancer Charity Hockey Game to Benefit Gilda’s Club Rochester. We’re looking forward to another great event this year! All proceeds that we raise support Gilda’s Club Rochester. We’re a cancer support organization that offers 1,200 free-of-charge programs each year for men, women, children and teens whose lives have been affected by cancer.

This year’s celebrity lineup includes, from the Rochester Americans Alumni – ody Gage, Scott Metcalfe, Steve Langdon, Geoff Peters as well as local names like Pat Duffy (Likely found lying on the ice), Mike Danger, Stacey Pensgen, Dan Fetes, Toby Motyka, Dan Mason, Tim Schneider, Dave Andreatta and Kevin Carroll.


Date: Sunday, March 25, 2018

Time: 4:00pm

Location: Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex (on the Monroe Community College Campus)



The 5th Annual Crosscheck Cancer hockey game features members of the Rochester Americans Alumni Association and local media celebrities who come together to support Gilda’s Club Rochester, a cancer support community. All proceeds raised through the event help to support the 1,200 free-of-charge programs which Gilda’s Club Rochester offers each year for women, men, children and teens whose lives have been touched by cancer.

In 2015, over 400 people attended the game and helped to raise over $11,000. The day features a celebrity hockey game, silent auctions for autographed memorabilia and raffles, Jersey-Off-Your-Back auction, Gilda Shootout for kids, autographs with current Rochester Americans players and alumni and much more. There will also be appearances from the Moose and Sabretooth as well as current Amerks signing autographs.  Tickets for the event are $5.00 each at the door.


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