On Saturday, February 1, 2014, Michael Giesler suffered a fatal heart attack while doing what he loved – playing hockey with his friends. Mike, affectionately known as “Goose” to his friends, grew up and played high school hockey in Orono, Minnesota, before bringing his talent as a defensemen to the Indiana University Men’s ACHA Division I team in Bloomington, Indiana.
Former IU teammate, Dan Mehay, who currently lives in Chicago, said, “He was the very definition of “Minnesota Nice” and had the biggest heart out of anyone I’ve ever met. There was something special about him; his personality was contagious and left a lasting impression on anyone that met him.”
That lasting impression is what spurred Mike’s former teammates and friends to create the Mike Giesler Charity Classic, which benefits the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program.
“Mike’s mom, Suzanne Flanagan-Giesler Dreher, asked if we would make our charity game a more formal event than last year (which was outdoors). We decided to hold the event at Southwest Ice Arena in Alsip so that more people could come enjoy the game without worrying about the weather,” said Mehay.
When asked why the proceeds from the event were to benefit the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program, Mehay said that decision was easy. “While playing at IU, Mike’s defensive partner was Jim Gordon. Jim is an Army veteran, having served two tours in Afghanistan. This game is a celebration of Mike’s life; a way for us to share the lost laughs that we would have had with Mike and to support a worthy cause in his memory.”
The 2nd Annual Mike Giesler Charity Game will be held on Saturday, February 20th at 10:00 p.m. at Southwest Ice Arena in Alsip. The cost of admission is $20. Click HERE to purchase tickets on Eventbrite. Raffle tickets ($10 each) will also be available at the game. Please click HERE for a complete list of raffle items.
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