Frozen Flashback Underwrites Playroom at Goryeb Children's Hospital
Posted June 25, 2012
In April 2010, over two decades after a measles outbreak caused the cancelation of their 1989 state finals game, two hockey teams from Delbarton and St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale finally met on the ice at Mennan Arena. The result was a singular event, the Frozen Flashback.
On June 21, 2012 the young patients at Goryeb Children's Hospital in Morristown benefited from the game when a portion of the proceeds helped pay for a bright, high tech playroom nicknamed Lion's Den. Frozen Flashback players partnered with Companions in Courage Foundation, founded by NHL Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, who attended the playroom's grand opening. See photos here.
The Lion’s Den promotes interactive and connective healing by giving young patients access to Xbox-360 video games, computers and a large monitor for videoconferencing with family and friends.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Frozen Flashback players and to the Companions in Courage Foundation for their continued commitment to the Goryeb Children’s Hospital,” said Dr. Walter Rosenfeld, chair of pediatrics at the hospital.
“This is our hometown hospital," former Delbarton player James Olsen '89 told the Daily Record. " Many of us have been receiving care here for many years, and more recently many of us bring our children to Goryeb.” LaFontaine said the facility was a wonderful way for the children at Goryeb to benefit from a great hockey story. “We are so pleased that the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative brought us together with James Olsen and the guys from Frozen Flashback,” he said.
We salute the players for their generosity to youngsters at Goryeb Children's Hospital. The Frozen Flashback is but a memory now, but the event continues to pay it forward.
(P.S. Who won the 2010 game? Delbarton did, 3-2. Go Wave Hockey!)