Buffalo, NY - Hockey is engraved in the fabric of the Buffalo community as is the ever-growing desire to help out those in need.
Beginning this July 5, the second year of 11 Day Power Play will take place at the HarborCenter in downtown Buffalo. The goal of the event is to bring in funds and attention to cancer research, also helping benefit families that have been impacted by the disease.
D'Youville Director of Athletics Brian Cavanaugh is joining the fight against cancer as he has signed up to play in the 11 Day Power Play. Cavanaugh has hockey in his veins as he played from 1972-75 at SUNY Brockport, earning honors such as Most Valuable Player and team captain. He then moved on to coach at Canisius College, leading the team from a Division III program to Division I.
The 11 Day Power Play was started by Mike and Amy Lesakowski, a family that has experienced cancer first hand more than once. Both Amy and Mike's mother Evelyn fought cancer, with Amy surviving and Evelyn sadly passing in 2016. After battling cancer on two fronts, the couple set out on their journey to break the world record for the longest hockey game.
With that, the 11 Day Power Play was born and with the help of the Buffalo community and support from throughout the world, the world record for the world's longest hockey game was broken in 2017 and $1.2 million was raised for the battle against cancer.
A former hockey player and coach, Cavanaugh joins the battle against one of the world's most impactful and despicable diseases. On Saturday, July 7 from 2:00-6:00am, Brian will be skating with his teammates for four consecutive hours as part of the 11-day long game. To donate, please visit Brian's community shift page where more information is available.
Over his 24 years at Canisius, Cavanaugh earned 340 wins and guided the team to ten consecutive winning seasons. His additional awards include the 1981-1982 International Collegiate Hockey League Coach of the Year, the 1986-1987 ECAC West Coach of the Year, the 1998-1999 Cazenovia Park Hockey Association Wall of Fame, the 1999-2000 Keith Metzger Memorial Award for Community Service, the 1999-2000 Bene Merenti Award from Canisius College for his 20 years of service, and the 2000-2001 MAAC Hockey League Founders Award.
In 1984, Brian's love for the game reached the NHL as he served as the assistant video coach for the Buffalo Sabres. He was a member of the Hobey Baker Selection Committee from 1999-02 and president of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame from 2009-12. In 2016, Cavanaugh was inducted into Canisius Sports Hall of Fame.
The funds raised at the 11 Day Power Play will be go to organizations and facilities such as the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Camp Good Days, and the Make-A-Wish Western New York. To learn more about the 11 Day Power Play and the story behind the event, please visit the 11 Day Power Play website.