The Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild, two teams who have become bitter, and some would even say hated, rivals over the past few seasons put their differences aside this week for an incredible cause, and the result was simply amazing.
The two teams, alongside their broadcast partners FOX Sports North, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, WGN-TV, FM 100.3 KFAN and WGN Radio AM 720 announced on Thursday that, collectively, they had raised a whopping $177,579 for Matt Olson of the Chicago Cougars who suffered a severe spinal injury last month, and was paralyzed as a result.
Matt's parents issued the following statement via the Wild's official website.
“This was a very special night for our family. It was exciting to see these two organizations come together to support Matt in this way. We would like to thank the Minnesota Wild, the Chicago Blackhawks and their broadcast partners for all that they did to make this a successful event. We would also like to thank everyone that bid on the auction items and those that made financial donations.”
Obviously no amount of money will make this any less of a tragedy for the Olson family, but with that said if it can help alleviate his huge medical costs and bring both him and his family some peace of mind it's a job well done by everyone involved.
If you like to learn more about Matt's story or want to help support him in this difficult time you can visit his Caring Bridge site here. And once again a big shout out to both the Wild and the Blackhawks for their roles in this.