The second annual Movember Charity Classic Hockey Game raised almost $5000 in support of men's health on Saturday (November 11).
Two brothers, Dave and Darrel Lukawenko, were both especially impacted by the event.
A year and one month after Dave was first diagnosed with testicular cancer, Darrel was diagnosed as well.
"I was actually on holidays and I felt something and went and talked with my doctor," said Darrel. "If you feel something that's not right, get it checked out right away."
Jim Martin, their friend and hockey teammate of over 20 years, decided to organize the Movember Charity Classic Hockey Game in their honour. Each player was charged an $80 registration fee and spectator entrance was $5, raising a total of $2320, with all proceeds going to the Movember Foundation.
They were able to raise an additional $1329 through a silent auction at Montana's, $615 through the Oilers Zamboni remote control cooler draw, $275 through the 50/50 draw and $350 through the BBQ draw, donated by Straightline Chrysler.
All together, the event raised a grande total of $4889.
"As somebody who is fortunate enough to have gone through two pretty good battles with cancer, with lots of chemo and then a few surgeries, I feel very fortunate and I'm quite blessed that Jim is doing this," added Dave.
Together, the two survivors played for the Half Nuts, who were defeated by the United Prostates 10-9 after a shoot-out.
The Half Nuts were unable to maintain their 2016 championship title this year, but the Lukawenko brothers are confident they'll get it back.
"Next year we'll be coming back harder and stronger."