Jun 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at a press conference before game one of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NHL gets in on the Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge is taking the country by storm and the NHL has gotten in on the act. The Ice Bucket Challenge is simple, but the disease it is designed to draw attention to is not. The challenge is bringing ALS otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease to the fore front.

It’s a breath of fresh air to see the NHL in a positive light, and it’s even better to see players and owners getting on the same page for once. Even Gary Bettman took the challenge. ALS

is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. There is no known cure for ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge is trying to get people to fix that. The movement is said to have started in Westchester, NY and is reported to have been created by Patrick Quinn who has ALS. However there are reports that state this challenge was created by others. It doesn’t really matter how this started, all that matters is there is a unified front pushing for a cure.

So far there have also been a number of NHL teams (Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Dallas Stars) have risen to the challenge; there has also been a number of players that have stood under the ice water in support of this movement. Some of the players are John Tavares, Tuukka Rask, Michael Grabner, Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin and a few more. Their videos are available on NHL.com.

As the summer continues to fade away I hope this challenge doesn’t. It’s not everyday that a country is unified an an effort to fight for a common goal. The NHL needs to keep pushing this challenge forward until every player and team has taken part in it.

Tags: ALS Gary Bettman Ice Bucket Challenge Jeremy Jacobs John Tavares Milan Lucic NHL News Tuukka Rask Tyler Seguin

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