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WGR 550 team raises over $20,000 for 11 Day Power Play

"Anything I can do to... raise money for a cause like this is easy."

July 11, 2019 - 8:43 am

BUFFALO (WBEN) - Team WGR 550, and WBEN's Brian Mazurowski, raised more than $20,000 for cancer research at Roswell Park on Wednesday afternoon, as they participated in their three-hour shift at the 11 Day Power Play.

As expected, team Entercom skated away with the 12-11 victory over the Media All Stars, which included players such as Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Channel 7 Meteorologist Aaron Mentkowski and Channel 2 Reporter Pete Gallivan.

Here's what the players had to say about being a small part of such a large event:

"Oh, it's awesome because everybody has a common interest, and they've had their experiences with cancer," said Paul Zakrzewski. "Everybody knows how important it is to try to fund, get new research and help out in any way that we can. The best way we know how is hockey, it's what we all know and love, the common bond here with everyone."

"We talked about it in the locker room before the game, Allan Davis told us how much money was raised for this, and to me, it's not just coming out and playing hockey, we raised over $30,000 for cancer research...I's a really really cool thing, and for my first time being a part of it, I'm enjoying every second of it," said WGR/WBEN producer Jon Simon. "I haven't lost anybody like relatively close to cancer, but obviously it's something so common and everyone who's affected by it, it always means something to them. This event touches so many people, so like I said, just to be a part of it, it really means a lot."

"It's a great event to be a part of - everybody really coming together for the same thing, we're all skating for the same reason - somebody in our lives or someone we know has been touched by cancer, and it's very meaningful to us," said T.J. Luckman, the producer for Sabres games on WGR. "My dad is going through it right now, he's got Stage IV lung cancer, my aunt has passed away from cancer, and a few other people in my life and in my family have passed away from cancer, so it affects a lot of my family, and it's very meaningful."

"Honestly, it's really awesome to be a part of this sort of thing because it is for a really great cause, but at the same time, we're playing hockey," said WGR producer Derek Kramer. "For me, personally, there's little things in this world that are more fun than playing hockey. To do it for a great cause, to do it for people who are affected by cancer, families who are affected by cancer - everyone knows somebody that's got a problem with the disease - and it really does impact you in a lot of ways even when it's not directly your family."

"It's my second year doing it, and it's a great event to be a part of just knowing that the entire Buffalo community comes together for something like this, and I just think it's something special to be a part of," said former WGR producer and host Ryan Gates. "My cousin has had good friend's mother has it right now; I mean, if you talk to anyone, they know people with cancer or who have passed from cancer. I feel blessed at this point because it really hasn't affected me with close family or close friends, but at the end of the day, you know it's probably coming at some point, and anything I can do to raise awareness or raise money for a cause like this is it just has to be done."

"It's a lot of fun; we have all of these people who are now involved, and the spirit has been taken on by some 2,500 skaters now, and it's just tremendous to just be able to get out here with the staff from WGR and a bunch of Media All Stars and have a lot of fun," said WGR Program Director Allan Davis, who was one of the original skaters during its inaugural season. "We've raised a lot of money. I think on the ice right now, between the two teams, we have raised probably about $35,000 for cancer research. I'm excited about that, and I'm proud of these guys."

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