The Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild have partnered up in an effort to raise funds for injured hockey player Matt Olson, a Minnesota native, who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in February while playing junior hockey for the Chicago Cougars when he fell head-first into the boards.
Cougars coach Brad Stoeffers joined SportsTalk Live on Friday to express his appreciating towards both NHL teams.
"It's real special," said Stoeffers. "What they've done is just tremendous. We love to see the support and we can't wait to see the game on Tuesday."
When the Blackhawks and Wild clash on Tuesday in Minnesota, both teams will wear special decals on their helmet to show their support, one of many gestures in a game that will be dedicated to Matt.
An auction began on March 20 where both NHL organizations have donated several one-of-a-kind experiences, such as traveling with the Blackhawks or Wild on their respective team plans to a road game. You can bid for these items through the teams' websites (www.wild.com/Mo3 or www.chicagoblackhawks.com/Mo3). The bidding ends on Wednesday, March 30 at 12 p.m. CT.
The Olson family has also set up a Go Fund Me account for financial contributions. Click here to donate.
See what else Stoeffers had to say in the video above.