WEST VALLEY CITY — In a tragic accident the day before Thanksgiving, longtime Murray High School hockey volunteer Dave Brown walked onto the ice at the Salt Lake County Ice Center to help push a broken-down Zamboni.
Brown slipped and fell back on his head and suffered serious head injuries. He was in the hospital for two weeks before passing away.
The Utah hockey community has organized a fundraising event for his wife and children and are asking for assistance. With the help of the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies, from Jan. 15 to Feb. 20, an online auction of several items of donated sports memorabilia can be bid upon.
Items can be viewed at utahgrizzlies.com, beginning Saturday.
All proceeds from this auction will go to the benefit of Brown's wife and children.
Folks wishing to donate an item of sports memorabilia to the fundraiser are encouraged to contact Fred Wilner by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him at (801) 259-6322.
Donated items include:
Autographed Los Angeles Kings jersey; autographed Anaheim Ducks jersey; autographed Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky Chicago Blackhawks jerseys; autographed New York Rangers stick; autographed USA Hockey 2010 Olympic jersey; Boomer Esiason signed football; autographed Hall of Fame pucks; autographed Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls jersey; Waterford crystal Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup puck; autographed Utah hockey jersey.
Also, an autographed Utah State hockey jersey; autographed Weber State hockey jersey; autographed Air Force hockey jersey; autographed Air force football jersey; autographed Denver University hockey stick; autographed Dallas Stars jersey; Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and New York Islanders merchandise; autographed Pavel Datsyk Detroit Red Wings jersey; NFL and NBA pool cues; Salt Lake Lightning jerseys; Luc Robitaille jersey.