CHARITY APR. 18, '15

On Saturday, April 18, 2015,  members of the West Michigan Phantoms were able to participate in a very special event for a great cause.  For the third time in the team's history, the team was asked to play in a Charity Game at Van Andel Arena in Downtown Grand Rapids to help support the Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation.  The Youth Foundation was established in 1995 by the Grand Rapids Griffins (American Hockey League team) to promotes academic excellence, community involvement and healthy lifestyles among the youth of West Michigan, enhancing their lives through hockey and ice-related sports.

This event was spearheaded by Brian Dudek and Kevin Wootton as a way to bring two groups of hockey teams that have battled against each other at multiple rinks together in a new venue for a great cause.  Back in 2014, both teams battled each other in the Phantom's inaugural game at the 'Freezer on Fulton'.  During this 2015 clash, 30 players and 2 goaltenders squared off with hundreds of family members and friends in attendance to all support the foundation.  The game took place between the West Michigan Phantoms (Walker Ice & Fitness Team) and MOS Office Solutions (Patterson Ice Arena Team) and again featured many players who have played against each other for nearly 12 years.  

The Phantom's edged MOS 8-6. Following the Charity Game, members of both teams hit the bars in Downtown Grand Rapids to hang out and later in the evening all gathered to watch the Grand Rapids Griffins take on the Charlotte Checkers at Van Andel.

PHANTOM ROSTER: 

G- #35 Kevin Wootton
#17 Jordon Tomkins
#19 Kyle Clark
#72 Keith Moorman
# 91 Andrew Erickson
#20 Chris Laux
#21 Brad Zehr
#27 Nate Skoboda

#44 Ryan Moore
#14 Matt Myers
#4 Tim Vanoverloop
#6 Pavel Fabian
#47 Dan Datema
#28 Aaron Molenkamp
#15 Ryan Johnson
#10 Joe Dombrowski

MOS ROSTER: 

G- #30 Brian Dudek
#8 Nick Koster
#11 Wayne Vredenburg
#17 Claude Saliers
#20 Norm Farr
#10 Jim Boese
#26 Ryan House
#9 Bobby Janecyk

#4 Chris Murray
#27 Steve Koich
#13 Derek Jelsema
#16 Paul Fitzpatrick
#12 Brian Steil
#22 Jon Byker
#2 Mike Stark
#Mike Brossman

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