GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Detroit Red Wings Alumni and a team of local hockey stars faced off in Grand Rapids Friday to benefit the Michael Sadler Foundation.
Former Michigan State Football player, Michael Sadler tragically passed away in a car crash, three years ago.
Since then, the foundation in his name has done amazing work for students.
The stands of the Patterson Ice Center were full before puck drop for Friday’s “Celly for Sadler.”
“We’re here to celebrate Mike, number one and number two to kind of create an awareness for what the foundation does, these people all support the foundation,” Karen Sadler said.
An impressive roster of people that included hockey icons like Hall-of-Famer Red Berenson and four-time Stanley Cup Champion Darren McCarty.
“To me its special because it’s like a home away from home, because of the time I spent with the Griffins and the connections I have with the people here,” McCarty said.
It was not just the star athletes that took the ice but stars in general.
Starting for the Red Wings, #90 Dave Coulier, who many know as “Uncle Joey” from Full House also skated for support.
“It means so much to us, it means that it's not just us promoting Mike’s legacy and our programs and what we do in the community but other people feel that it is important and that means a lot to us,” Sadler said.
“As long as we are making an impact, we’re doing what we are supposed to do,” Sadler added.
For more on the Michael Sadler Foundation or how you can help their mission, click here.