Last Saturday, the Bismarck Bobcats lost a 6-2 game to the Minnesota Wilderness. But the day was bigger than just a game. The night was dedicated to Brave the Shave. The Bobcats were happy to give back to kids affected by childhood cancer.
“It’s all for the kids,” Mitchell Walinski said. “There are in more need that me. I thought it would be the right thing to do.”
The night featured kids coming onto the ice that are affected by childhood cancer and one getting to be a junior captain.
Aspen Heiseler is nine years old and has neuroblastoma in his spine.
“It feels really good to be on the ice,” Heiseler said.
As a result, Aspen cannot play hockey.
“Because I have cancer on my spine,” Heiseler said.
Bobcats forward Mitchell Walinski spent time with some of the kids.
“He liked the Bobcats and he liked the Wilderness,” Walinski said, “but he liked us more.”
The day changed Walinkski’s outlook on life.
“You can’t really take any moments for granted because things can change just like that,” Walinski said.
Players Mitchell and Jake Olson shaved their heads during the first intermission. Head coach Layne Sedevie dyed his hair blue and also went bald.
“Be a little less selfish and do it,” Walinski said.
And it’s a day the kids will never forget.
“That’s really nice for them to do that,” Heiseler said.
The Bobcats also sold all of the special jerseys they wore for the game. The team estimates the donation at around $15,000.