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October 12, 2012

Dropping the puck for a good cause


Niagara Gazette — To help him deal with that, the Falls Police hockey team and the Buffalo Sabres Alumni will try to skate to the rescue Sunday night. City cops will face off against current and former Sabres in a charity game at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion with a puck drop at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at the rink for just $10.

"We had been planning to play (the Sabres Alumni) earlier this year, but it fell through," Officer Tom Arist said. "So when I heard about Bill's condition, I contacted the guy with the Sabres and he said they'd do anything they can to help."

Arist, along with team members Paul Kudela, Jason Haug and Josh Miller, got the game organized and have been promoting it every chance they get. That promotion even included a Thursday night appearance on former Sabre Rob Ray's cable television show. 

"I was talking a little trash with (former Sabres' tough guy) Andrew Peters," Arist said. "I guess I'll have to looking out for him on the ice."

In addition to Peters, former Sabre Jay McKee and current Sabres Patrick Kaletta and Cody McCormick will suit up to play. 

"We're just going to be out there having fun. We're going to do our best to beat them," Arist said. "But it's really about raising funds for Bill and helping him beat (cancer)."

Gee said when Arist and his fellow officers approached him and told him about their plans, he was deeply appreciative.

"It's very humbling," he said. "I've helped put together benefits in the past and I never thought I'd be going through this. It makes you very thankful."

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