As many of you readers know, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been sweeping the nation within the last week or so. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s Disease which is medically known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. This disease effects the nerves in the patient’s brain and spinal cord that control voluntary movement. Participants nominate people to partake in the challenge. If nominated participants do not dump a bucket of ice water over their heads, they are then supposed to contribute a monetary donation to the research of ALS.
Many of you, I am sure have participated in the challenge or know people who have, but what is pretty cool is that professional athletes have competed in the challenge as well nominating other athletes, musical artists, or actors, which many have accepted. The hockey world has definitely been participating, especially our New York Rangers. Guys like Mats Zuccarello has been seen dumping a bucket of ice water over his head and he has challenged fellow teammates Carl Hagelinand Derick Brassard. Former Blueshirt Marty Biron accepted the challenge and then nominated fellow goaltenders, Henrik Lundqvist, Kevin Weeks and Ryan Miller. Matt Martin of the New York Islanders has participated challenging some of his teammates as well. The Minnesota Wild mascot accepted the challenge and then challenged the Tampa Bay Lightening mascot. Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild incorporated zambonis during his challenge, which was pretty creative and entertaining to watch. Paul Bissonette also went above and beyond by accepting the challenge and having Keith Yandle dump glacier water over his head from a helicopter while Bissonette wore just a Speedo on a mountain top! Alex Ovechkin completed his challenge and nominated Rapper Eminem to participate. Even Sidney Crosby and some of his Penguin teammates have participated. Players from the Winnipeg Jets have been caught dousing themselves in water as well. Now, I just named a handful of guys that have accepted the challenge and there are plenty more out there, however, its sad to see that no one from teams like the Los Angeles Kings have participated in the challenge. I guess they are too busy passing around the Stanley Cup to help bring awareness to such an important cause.
The coolest thing about this challenge is no matter if you’re rich or poor, in the season of winter or summer people all over are participating and raising awareness. Since the #ALSIceBucketChallenge has gone viral, the foundation has raised over two million dollars in research donations. Now that is pretty incredible. So to my readers, I have been caught dumping a bucket of ice water over my head, I now challenge you to get out there and do the same!
See my #ALSIceBucketChallenge