The Blackhawks, Wild and their broadcast partners announced Thursday that they raised $177,579 for injured hockey player Matt Olson, who suffered a several spinal cord injury in February.
The funds will go directly to Olson and his family.
"This was a very special night for our family," Matt's parents, Sue and Doug Olson, said in a statement. "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."
The Blackhawks and Wild spent all last week promoting and showing their support for Olson, and both broadcast partners — Comcast SportsNet Chicago and FOX Sports North — dedicated Tuesday's contest to him with players wearing special decals on their helmets, among many other gestures.
It garnered so much attention that "Matt Olson" was a trending topic on Twitter, according to the team's press release.
The Blackhawks and Wild raised $81,600 in bids for their one-of-a-kind package, while owners Rocky Wirtz and Craig Leipold matched fan donations via text that reached $20,000.