About Minnesota Hockey Charities

Minnesota Hockey Charities is a non-profit committed to energizing the Minnesota Hockey Community in the fight against cancer through Minnesota Hockey Fights Cancer and in support of one another through Minnesota Hockey Family.


ROSEMOUNT, MN — April 18, 2022 — This season more than $75,000 was raised by more than 50 high schools and youth hockey associations for more than a dozen cancer organizations, families, and individuals fighting cancer with the support of Minnesota Hockey Fights Cancer. 

Rosemount High School won the 2nd Annual Michael Weiss Fight Championship as the top high school. The award is named after the Head Coach for Marshall High School, who won his recent fight against cancer. Rosemount High School raised more than $12,000. A portion of the proceeds went to Capstrong, a nonprofit named in honor of former Rosemount student Cap George. The remainder was donated to the family of Ben Dapper, a 7-year-old Farmington Hockey Association player who is going through a second round of chemotherapy.

“While we were very disappointed to lose our Hockey Fights Cancer Game, I told Scott [Farmington High School Head Hockey Coach Scott Macho] this was one of the most meaningful games of the season,” said Rosemount High School Head Hockey Coach Ricky Saintey. Coach Saintey continued, “Participating in the Minnesota Hockey Fights Cancer campaign adds to our efforts to do more than just create better hockey players. It helps us show our players how to be better people.”

Rosemount Area Hockey Association won the 3rd annual award for the top association, the John Gegen Cup. The association trophy was named by the inaugural winner of the award, Hastings Hockey Association, for one of their players who beat cancer. This year’s win is a repeat win for Rosemount.

Awards have also been presented to the top team (Princeton-Becker-Big Lake 12U), top Mite jamboree (Roseau Youth Hockey), and the campaign’s MVPs (Marina Udd, Duluth Amateur Hockey Association, and Becky Pasch, Rosemount High School. The Cap George MVP award is given to individuals that distinguish themselves in supporting the annual campaign.

“We set out to energize the hockey community in Minnesota in the fight against cancer. One thing that hockey teams excel at is competing, so competition being part of our efforts was important.” said Matt Feyen, the Executive Director and Founder of Minnesota Hockey Fights Cancer, “We hope that the arena banners that go to the top high school, association, team, and jamboree will become even more treasured than the championship banners we see in our arenas today.”

Feyen added, “We hope that every high school team and association team will make the annual Minnesota Hockey Fights Cancer campaign part of their season. The success of this year’s campaign is very encouraging toward achieving that goal.”

Minnesota Hockey Fights Cancer raises funds year-round to support the campaign, and all proceeds raised go to the organizations that are being supported. All teams that register for a game will have access to an online fundraising portal that shows real-time standings for the competition and promotion through social media. Registered teams and jamborees are provided with stick tape, helmet decals, a game puck, and “I Fight For” signs that honor people fighting or who have battled cancer.


Minnesota Hockey Fights Cancer was founded in 2018 and became part of Minnesota Hockey Charities, DBA, when it was established as a 501 c (3) in 2020. The organization’s mission is to energize the hockey community in Minnesota to build awareness and support the fight against cancer.

For more information, visit https://mnhockeyfightscancer.org/.

Minnesota Hockey Fights Cancer Releases the 2021-2022 Game Plan: The Guide for a Successful Campaign for Your Cancer Cause

Minnesota Hockey Fights Cancer is entering into its fourth season, from October through March, of energizing the Minnesota hockey community in the fight against cancer. The hope is that as with every previous season that this will be the biggest season ever, measured both by players involved and funds raised.

The biggest difference with this year’s campaign is that in addition to our continued support of the American Cancer Society of Minnesota, we are also helping associations, high schools and teams that want to pick their own cancer related cause while maintaining the same support and benefits of participation.

Since we are reaching out to more hockey teams than ever, we wanted to provide a simple guide that explains who we are, what we do and provides some ideas for a successful campaign based on the successes that teams have had over the past three years.

To download a copy of the Minnesota Hockey Fights Cancer Game Plan visit https://mnhockeyfightscancer.org/.

The Mite Fight Series

Become Part of the Fight and Raise Funds for Your Program At the Same Time

This year we are introducing the Mite Fight Series as a way to get the youngest members of our hockey communities involved in the fight against cancer and at the same time raise money for their association.

What is involved:

  1. Email Matt Feyen to let him know you want to make your Mite Jamboree part of the Mite Fight Series
  2. We will set up a fundraising page for your event and send you helmet decals, stick tape and signs to hang up at your jamboree
  3. You promote your page however and to whomever you want to; family members, friends, local businesses, etc through email, social media, posters at your arena…
  4. 50% of all funds raised will be paid to your association as a sponsorship fee and the remainder will go to Minnesota Hockey Fights Cancer and the American Cancer Society of Minnesota or the cause of your choice.
  5. The Jamboree raising the most will be awarded the inaugural Mite Fight Series traveling trophy

An Interview About Hope with John and Shelly Gegen

At the end of the 2019-2020 Hockey Season Hastings Hockey Association was awarded the inaugural Minnesota Hockey Fights Cancer Cup. They won the Cup by being the top fundraising hockey association in the fight against cancer.

As the inaugural winner the won the opportunity to name the Cup and chose to name it after a current association player who survived his fight against cancer, John Gegen.

Jessi Pierce, host of Bardown Beauties and board member with Minnesota Hockey Charities, interviewed John and his Mom Shelly to talk about his fight and what having the award named after him means.

2021 Hockey Fights Cancer Incentives

Posted by Minnesota Hockey Fights Cancer (February 12, 2021)

This year’s Hockey Fights Cancer incentives from the NHL for fundraising for American Cancer Society MN include:

  • $250 – Print-on-demand HFC certificate for each team member
  • $500 – One (1) Hockey Fights Cancer bag tag for each team member*
  • $2,500 – One (1) Green Biscuit HFC training puck for each team member*
  • $5,000 – One (1) HFC t-shirt for each team member*
  • $10,000 – One (1) HFC toque for each team member*
  • $15,000 – First 2 teams to $15,000 earn Zoom session with NHL player
  • * Maximum of 30 of each reward per fundraising team.
  • * A raffle will be held at the end of the season with all participating teams given equal chance to win gift cards and discount codes from NHL21 and Dunkin’

These are in addition to the the incentives from Minnesota Wild:

  • Top overall fundraising team (must raise $2,500 to meet requirement) – An hour of ice at either TRIA Rink or the Xcel Energy Center with a pizza party (to be held on a mutually agreed upon date)
  • Second overall fundraising team – Custom Minnesota Wild team signed jersey for whole team and Signed player cards for everyone on the team from Jared Spurgeon, Jonas Brodin, & Kevin Fiala
  • Third overall fundraising team – Signed player cards for everyone on the team from Jared Spurgeon, Jonas Brodin, & Kevin Fiala

And don’t forget the awards from Minnesota Hockey Fights Cancer:

  • The John Gegen Cup – Top Fundraising Association / School
  • The Cap George MVP – Top Individuals Supporting Association / School fundraising efforts
  • Top Team Award – Top fundraising team (Inaugural winners get the award naming rights.