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Moilanen Cup set to honor a lost Brother

By Greg Panzer, 02/15/17, 5:45PM CST

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Craig Moilanen Memorial Cup

The Moilanen Cup holds the name of a dedicated firefighter, medic, husband, father, brother, son, and friend. In Craig Moilanen’s honor the cup will also hold the tournament champions name, with the annual winners engraved on the side. The Cup is proudly displayed in the Moilanen home.

Colorado North Metro Station 62 Firefighter Medic Craig Moilanen was diagnosed with a rare form of Hodgkin's Lymphoma in October of 2013. Craig's fight with cancer included Leukemia and a bone marrow transplant to combat the cancer. Sadly, Craig's courageous two year fight ended as a LODD (Line of duty death) in October of 2015.

Craig served on Golden Colorado Foothills  Fire Rescue Department in 2012. There he met Paul Berens and Dave Geralds, brother firefighters and best friends. They each eventually transferred to different larger Fire Departments in Colorado. The Firefighter brotherhood is a bond that can’t be broken no matter the adversity.  Paul and Dave created a hockey tournament in Craig's Honor to raise funds to support the Moilanen family.

On March 11, 2016 the Craig Moilanen Memorial Cup had its inaugural event and ten teams competed to be the first team to be tournament champions. The championship game was actually on Craig's 37th birthday, as coincidence would have it.

The Edge Ice Arena, located in Littleton, Colorado, will host the 2nd annual  Craig Moilanen Memorial Cup. The tournament runs March 24 through March 26. This year up to 16 teams are expected, which could develop into two divisions and a possible earlier start on Friday. Some public safety teams are already on the schedule from Texas and Iowa. Community attendance is expected in excess of one thousand hockey fans, friends and family. There are off ice activities that are expanding this year to include a Friday night spaghetti dinner, silent auctions, t-shirt and sticker sales. Fans are encouraged to order shirts early as they have sold out in the past. The annual event plans to grow larger each year with more on and off ice activities, with the support of their Volunteers.

The 2017 Craig Moilanen Memorial Cup will be raised up by the tournament champions in Craig's honor with pride from the public safety team from the communities they proudly serve. You can see all of the photos and videos from 2016 on their Facebook  here

“ When you join the firefighting family this is what we do for you when you pay the ultimate sacrifice”    Anthony Correia  

 

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