Devils get behind Matzka charity appeal

Cardiff Devils will host a special charity game in aid of former player Scott Matzka, who was recently diagnosed with the terminal neurological disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

The 38-year-old shared his story via his website to explain his plan to use his story as a means to ‘take his turn’ to help his family, whilst raising awareness and understanding of this cruel disease.

Former teammates, colleagues and friends have rallied around to find ways to support the Matzka family in their time of need.

‘D’ man Mark Richardson asked the Devils to postpone his testimonial until next season so the opportunity could be used to raise funds for the Matzkas.

The club has now confirmed the 2016/17 Devils will face the 2010/11 team, of which Matzka was the heartbeat, on Tuesday 25th October.

The majority of that team have already said they will play, including fan favourites Tylor Michel, Stuart MacRae, Jon Pelle and Brad Voth.

The Matzka family will also be in attendance, with Scott being accompanied by wife Catie and their two children Reese (6) and Cardiff-born Owen (4).

Braehead Clan Head Coach Ryan Finnerty and Commercial Director Andy McLaughlin are also hosting a charity golf day to raise funds for Matzka at Clober Golf Club, Milngavie on August 5th.

For more information please check out @TheMatchka on Twitter or to get involved as a sponsor please email: ourturn@virginmedia.com

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