WDHL players add to DAWG Nation’s $20,000 fundraiser for Mike Sullivan

Players from WDHL teams donated $6,000 of the total.

Former Colorado Avalanche player Jan Hejda hugs recipient Mike Sullivan as DAWG Nation board member Dave Chamberlin, right, holds a replica check for $20,000 that Sullivan and family received at the foundation’s “Hocktoberfest” on Nov. 18, 2022 at the Blue Spruce brewery in Littleton.(Photo by Joe Mahoney/WDHL)

Former Southwest Denver Oldtimers Hockey League player and longtime DAWG Nation supporter Mike “Sully” Sullivan was presented with a check for $20,000 from DAWG Nation at the foundation’s “Hocktoberfest” event in late November.

Sullivan, who served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, was a early victim of COVID-19 in 2020, then underwent two knee replacement surgeries. As a result, he was unable to work for a long period of time. (His employer, Ball Arena, was closed for a period of time during the pandemic, which added to Sullivan’s financial issues, DAWG Nation CEO Marty Richardson said.)

West Denver Hockey League teams organized a “Pass the Hat” campaign during October and November games, prompted by a suggestion from “Bout Time” goalie Mike Potts-Morgan’s, to help fund part of the Sullivan contribution. Contributions from players among the league’s eight teams, according to DAWG Nation CEO Marty Richardson, was approximately $6,000. The “Old Dawgs” team gave the most of all winter season teams.

Marty Richardson, DAWG Nation CEO and captain of the Old Dawgs, left, talks about recipient Mike Sullivan at the foundationÕs ÒHocktoberfestÓ where they presented Sullivan with a $20,000 check on Nov. 18, 2022 the Blue Spruce brewery.(Photo by Joe Mahoney/WDHL)

Since 2011, the DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation has made $3.5 million in direct contributions to injured hockey players and their families, according to the group’s website.

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