Bears men's hockey holds cystic fibrosis awareness weekend


MASSENA, N.Y.—The SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team will be raising awareness for cystic fibrosis during its final home weekend of the 2012-13 season. The Bears will be hosting two local children who are afflicted with the disease during their games against Oswego State and SUNY Cortland this weekend.

Joining Potsdam for the two contests will be 10-year-old Hunter Cooke of Hogansburg and two and half-year-old Claire Nezezon of Norwood. Cooke, the son of Marla and Chris Jacobs, joined the team as an honorary B
ear through the Team Impact organization back in October. Claire is the daughter of Chris and Jessica Nezezon and granddaughter of Dayna Cole who works in SUNY Potsdam's Office of Curriculum and Instruction.

Fans attending the contests can purchase pin-ups upon entry to Massena Arena at the ticket table. All funds
raised from the pin-ups will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Cystic Fibrosis is a life threatening disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Progress is being made in the fight against cystic fibrosis. While Hunter and Claire appear to very healthy children, they endure several treatments a day to maintain healthy lungs and digestion. To learn more about cystic fibrosis, go to

The Bears wrap up the regular season this weekend. On Friday, they host No. 2 Oswego State. Then Potsdam battles SUNY Cortland with a playoff spot on the line on Saturday night. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.