Former St. Cloud State Husky players Casey Borer and Tim Conboy have been some of the River Rats/ Checkers that have played a part in this touching relationship between fan and team. From a November 2010 article title, Long-distance friendships, Casey Borer had this to say:
"It's really a unique situation where we get to help improve someone's life."
"When we came back, they were the first ones to greet us. It's more than hockey and it doesn't stop because we're four states away."According to the article, Tim Conboy texts mother Danielle Bennett for updates on "Bug" and that...
"'Bug' treasures an NHL stick Conboy used during his 12-game stint with the Hurricanes last season. Conboy presented the stick to "Bug" during one of their talks."What a great and heart-moving story. Thank you to the Albany River Rats/ Charlotte Checkers for all the work they have done and continue to do to help Zach. A special thanks also to Casey Borer and Tim Conboy for their contributions to the Bennett family and for representing the Huskies well.
|Casey Borer (far left)|