Smiths Falls Bears’ star winger Neil Doef will be at his team’s Friday night game in spirit, but he’s still in a Saskatoon hospital recovering from emergency surgery.
On Sunday the 17-year-old was seriously injured following a collision with a Swiss player while Doef was in Saskatchewan representing Team Canada East in an all-star challenge.
Few details have been released about his condition, but his parents flew out from Smiths Falls Monday to be with their son.
On Friday the Smiths Falls Minor Hockey Association will host a fundraiser when the Jr A Bears host Cumberland in the final game before the Christmas break.
The Bears will be making a video to send to Doef as he continues his recovery.
An official Facebook page called Doefstrong has been set up for people to express their support.
Doef received a full four-year hockey scholarship from Princeton University earlier this year.
TRUST FUND SET UP
A trust fund to assist the family with any ongoing financial needs has been set up. Donations can be made at any Scotiabank branch to the account “Doefstrong in trust.” Email transfers are also accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well, another campaign on Fundrazr.com – Do it for Doef – started by Smiths Falls resident Trish Krotki, is collection pledges.
Other teams around the CCHL are also holding fundraisers at home games to help support the Doef family.