Connor Croft benefit games this Friday

LITTLE CURRENT—The Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS) boys’ and girls’ hockey teams are organizing a hockey fundraiser this Friday night for Mustang alumni Connor Croft who is in need of a kidney transplant.

“The boys’ and the girls’ teams got together and organized a similar fundraiser last year for Cassandra Cristo,” explained Mustang girls’ team captain Faith Taylor. “We wanted to do something to support Connor and spoke to the coaches and principals who were in support. The boys had a regularly scheduled game on Friday night, and we were able to reschedule one of our games for Friday night as well.”

Connor, a former Manitoulin Panther and Gore Bay Bruin player, found out last year that he had kidney failure.

He had a concussion during a Mustang high school hockey game and when visiting the doctor, trying to get returned to play, they discovered that he had high blood pressure which led to further tests and the discovery that Connor had kidney failure.

Connor now undergoes nine hours of dialysis every day.

As The Expositor previously reported, Connor is in need of a kidney transplant and efforts are underway to find him a donor.

The fundraising games will get underway at 6 pm this Friday, January 12 at the Little Current recreation centre. The girls will face off against the Espanola Spartans at 6 pm, followed by the Mustang boys’ against the Lockerby Vikings at 7 pm.

The MSS girls were 5 and 1 as of press time Monday. Leading up to Friday they played on Tuesday  against Confederate and Thursday  against L’Horizon.

The Mustangs boys’ hockey team start the New Year in the B division following a busy end-of-season with back to back hockey. The boys also play prior to Friday’s game, this Thursday against Lasalle.

“Last year when we hosted the game for Cassie, who also had her high school hockey career cut short by her illness, there were several suggestions from Connor’s teammates and friends that we combine the game for him and Cassie together,” explained Mustang boys’ team Coach Steve Doane. “Hockey is secondary, of course, as these young Mustang athletes try to get back their health and the Manitoulin community certainly recognizes this and rallied around the event last year. People’s generosity was truly overwhelming.  I am sure that this year’s event is going to be equally fantastic. It’s a great celebration of hometown hockey and the community pulling together for a great cause.”

For more information about Connor and his quest for a kidney, visit the A Kidney For Connor Facebook page. You can also contact Manitoulin seasonal resident Dan Dickinson, who is helping Connor find a living donor, at 847-274-6826 or dand@gascapital.com.