A COVENTRY ice hockey legend who has been battling with cancer for more than two years is set to benefit from a charity game in his honour.
Adam Calder won eight major trophies and totalled 434 points during his six seasons with the Blaze from 2004 to 2010.
However the popular forward was delt a heavy blow when diagnosed with cancer in 2014.
Despite several surgeries and therapy to fight off the disease, Adam’s health is still greatly affected and he has now opted to try new treatments and medications that are not available under the NHS.
The 40-year-old may require to travel abroad to seek further treatment – which will require significant cost.
After hearing the news, Elite Ice Hockey League rivals Coventry Blaze and Sheffield Steelers are to entertain crowds in Calder’s honour on Tuesday (October 25) by facing-off for a benefit match at 7.30pm at the Skydome Arena.
The game will consist of two period of three on three hockey and a skills competition involving both sets of players.
All proceeds from the night will go to Adam’s benefit fund.
Members of the Blaze management are hoping as many hockey fans possible will make the trip to the Skydome for the event to support the Canadian native.
Both teams will be wearing special commemorative shirts that will be signed by the respective player and then auctioned after the game.
There will also be a raffle on the evening as well as other money raising initiatives.
Blaze director of hockey and close friend of Adam, James Pease, said: “We are working together at the club to find ways to help and raise money for our friend Adam Calder.
“We know Blaze fans and hockey fans in general will want to contribute in any way they can, so I ask them to keep an eye out for information the club will be putting out over the next few days.
“‘Calds’ is a special guy, and we will be doing everything we possibly can to help him beat this.”
Tickets will go on sale on Monday from 10am, and are priced at £10 for Adults, £5 for Under 16’s.
Visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/adamcalder for further information about the event and to make a donation.