In 2018, both Danny Barch and his wife suffered significant health issues. Danny’s wife survived a heart attack and Danny had heart issues that required treatment with an implanted pace maker/defibrillator. Doctors then discovered a tumor on his acoustic nerve which reduced his hearing in one ear. In order to treat Danny's hearing loss, he received a Bluetooth device to redirect conversations to his other ear. For Danny, the effects have been especially profound. His career was as a professional driver, so Danny has since been unable to work due to restrictions placed on his CDL secondary to his heart issue.
Danny Barch has been one of the most visible members of the FCPHL organization since its beginning days. Danny has been paying it forward in the pond hockey world for many years: He has usually been the first one on the ice on tournament mornings making sure the ice was in tip-top shape; He has hauled logs to build our rinks, originated the tradition of tournament Sunday bratwurst cook-outs, and has become something of a pond hockey legend with his enthusiasm for the sport, having famously professed, “We’ve skated on worse [ice]...”.
Danny continues to stay as active as he can with the Fort Collins pond hockey community.
2017, 2018 & 2019 Beneficiary
The Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) Center’s mission is to provide crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling for all those affected by sexual violence and provide prevention programs through community outreach and education. We envision a culture change that results in the end of sexual violence. SAVA began as a rape crisis hotline in 1976 under the Larimer Center for Mental Health and, in 2003, became an independent nonprofit agency. In October 2010, SAVA expanded its services to include neighboring Weld County.
SAVA now serves as the only rape crisis center in Larimer and Weld Counties dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of sexual assault survivors. Each year, SAVA provides confidential support to over 600 victims of sexual assault and provides education to over 1,000 community members and 4,000 students.
Sisterhood Hockey Experience
2017, 2018 & 2019 Beneficiary
Sisterhood Hockey Experience (SHE) is a Northern Colorado volunteer organization dedicated to helping girls find their place in hockey, through play and mentorship.
SHE was founded in June 2016 by Karen Riedlinger, a dedicated hockey mom to her to her daughter, Lexy and 2 sons, Ryan and Kellen. Having been exposed to the sport through her children’s play as well as during her own adult hockey experiences, Karen realized that girls who play hockey seem to need something more out of the sport than was currently being offered. Karen recognized that younger girls were most inspired to love the sport and stay with it when offered opportunities to learn through play, to build friendships, and to receive female mentorship. She took action, hosting girls-only ice sessions that have grown in popularity and expanded. Through generous support, SHE expanded in Summer 2019 to host its first annual Girls-only Pre-season Prep Hockey Camp in partnership with Northern Colorado Youth Hockey.
SHE believes that the sport of hockey offers a unique opportunity for girls to build a strong self-confidence and to develop powerful interpersonal skills that they can carry with them forever. Karen was compelled to form SHE to help meet the specific needs of girls who play hockey.
Everyone who knows Diana “Di” Stobbe is truly amazed at all of her energy, kindness, fun, and grit. During her adult women's hockey state tournament in March of 2017, Di sustained two concussions within 24 hours of one another. After the first blow to the head, she shrugged off her symptoms and continued to play. In the final game of the tournament, she was jostled into the boards during a routine play and sustained a second and far more significant concussion.
After a full evaluation, Di was diagnosed with second-impact syndrome, a severe and catastrophic swelling of the brain that occurs after a person suffers a second concussion before symptoms of an earlier one have subsided. During her recovery, Di spent hours each week in different types of therapy to help relieve her symptoms and improve her prognosis for recovery. Some of symptoms began to subside (the tremor) while others required more therapy and special equipment (Di’s vision and prism glasses required for focused work). The diagnosis and treatment process forced many unexpected bills upon Di and her family.
Because of her brain injuries, Di has not returned to play the game of hockey, but she still stays involved with hockey though her volunteer efforts with both Special Hockey in Denver and Girls Hockey in northern Colorado.
On Halloween evening, 2017, 21 year-old JT and a friend were climbing a tree when JT lost his footing and fell at least 3 stories. He landed on the concrete sidewalk below and shattered his left ankle and tibia, snapped his left fibula and obliterated his right calcaneous (heel bone).
Lucky to even be alive, JT is now confined to a wheelchair for the foreseeable future. His surgeon, Dr. Houghton is optimistic he will eventually walk again, but he is in chronic and excruciating pain and is bedridden nearly 24 hours per day. JT courageously finished the fall semester at Colorado State University but will have to postpone his graduation at least another semester while he undergoes multiple surgeries and physical therapy. He has a long road ahead of him but his family is remaining optimistic.
JT is the son of Mike Crane, who has been involved in the Northern Colorado hockey community for many years, including as a board member for FCPHL.
Tom and Angie Petersen
Angie Petersen is a well-known and well-loved hockey player in Colorado. She has helped to coach women's hockey in Denver through the DWHL organization and has skated on multiple teams both in Denver as well as in northern Colorado. Sadly, Angie's husband Tom has been suffering for years from a rare blood cancer called multiple myeloma. As part of his ongoing treatment, Tom will need to endure multiple oral and I.V. chemotherapy rounds for the rest of his life. Because he has a compromised immune system, Tom also suffers from infections, fatigue, and other side effects. The medical bills that the Petersens receive continue to mount as Tom continues to bravely fight his battle against cancer.
Despite all this, Angie and Tom continue to be great parents to their two children. Angie is a home-school mom and is very involved in her church. Anyone who has ever met Angie would say that she is an incredibly optimistic and kind person who cares deeply for the people around her. She absolutely loves hockey and considers it her “therapy” for all of life's woes.
Grant Trombly was severely injured in a truck accident on May 26, 2016. As a result of this accident, he suffered burns on over 33% of his body encompassing his lower torso, backside, legs, and feet. He also sustained multiple bone fractures, severe lacerations and contusions. It was a horrific accident.
Anyone who has ever met Grant knows that he is avid hockey player, fan and advocate of the sport. His love for hockey started at the age of five living in Albuquerque, NM and grew with him as he developed from youth organizations in grade school on through to city and regional leagues in high school. His contributions to the sport of hockey ranges from coach, player, team manager, sponsor and contributor. And while some may say he bleeds hockey, he is also true advocate of the sport. One of the first things Grant requested when he was more stabile after his accident was for everyone to bring him items related to hockey – videos, movies, recorded games etc., – that would occupy his time while immobilized and help to keep his mind off all the seriousness of his condition.
Grant always tried to pass along several hockey montras: Pass to your team when you don’t have a shot, use your defensive strategies, strive for more than you have to work with, shoot at every chance you get, victory increases with every goal and – most important – never, ever give up.