From hockey players and their families to volunteers and their families, the Steele County Blades, like many of us, have been touched by the effects of cancer.



Youth 1st of Owatonna and the Blades held their second annual Stick it to Cancer night on January 22. With about 1,000 fans on hand, $4,000 dollars was raised for families battling cancer. Check presentations were made on January 31 to the Bendorf family and the Lewis family. Chase Lewis plays for the Blades and is a cancer survivor. His sister was recently diagnosed with cancer as well.

Part of the fundraising also will benefit the annual Owatonna From the Heart Run that supports local families.

Federated Insurance employees and cancer survivors Samantha Skelton and Jay Johnson dropped the ceremonial puck to start the game. Fundraising activities included chuck-a-puck, donation buckets and silent auction items.

On the ice, the Blades beat Forest Lake on January 22, their first win over the Lakers after dropping the first five head-to-head meetings. Forest Lake won the next night. Steele County topped the Lakers 2-1 on January 31, the same night of the check presentations.

The junior hockey season is winding down and Steele County will play their final home games on February 13-14 when they host Wisconsin Rapids. The Blades have won six of their last seven games.