Nick Theodore Strub (BSME’04) was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in 2008. “Ewing sarcoma is a type of tumor that forms from a certain kind of cell in bone or soft tissue” and is most common in adolescents and young adults. The illness claimed Strub’s life in 2011, when he was just 29, and following year the Nick Teddy Foundation was established “to raise funds for the research and treatment of Ewing’s Sarcoma, promote awareness and education, while providing support to EFT [Ewing’s family of tumors] patients and their families.”
Strub and his foundation will be honored at this Friday’s Quad City Mallards game, with $5 from each $15 ticket sold benefiting the foundation. Strub – a native of Port Byron, Ill. – played with the Quad Cities Ice Eagles from 1996 to 1999 and his father Brian spent six years a volunteer off-ice official for the Mallards. Nick Teddy T-shirts will be tossed during Friday’s game and there will also be a raffle for free registration to this year’s Nick Teddy 5K Run scheduled for Sept. 9.
The Quad City Mallards play in the semi-professional ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) and are affiliated with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. The Mallards recently clenched a spot in the 2016-17 ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs which will begin after the conclusion of the regular season on April 8.
The Mallards (35-24) take on the Komets of Fort Wayne (37-17) this Friday at the iWireless Center in Moline. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m.
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