PUCCS 2011 Charity Hockey Tournament

First, I want to thank the multitude of people who made this inaugural PUCCS tournament possible. What began as a hope and a concept back in June rapidly evolved into what we hope will serve as an awakening to players, parents, and coaches. Either knowingly or unknowingly, when your children take the ice they may be risking potentially devastating brain injury – the game of hockey is faster than ever and any blunt force trauma to the head has the potential to permanently injure a child’s brain. That is a terrifying reality.

The key to our first hockey tournament, endorsed by both USA Hockey and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, is our hope to gain insight into the mechanisms that cause brain concussions. Why are some concussions mild and self-remitting while others cause lifelong memory, mood, and concentration problems? Why are multiple concussions over a short time interval potentially lethal?

Currently, there are several theories that attempt to explain the mechanism in which brain injury occurs but there is a paucity of ‘real data’ surrounding childhood concussions resulting from blunt force trauma. The goal of PUCCS is to begin to unravel these mysteries using University at Buffalo Neurosurgery’s nationally-ranked research expertise and ongoing collaboration with regional concussion experts to gain comprehensive understanding of impact brain injuries which are largely misunderstood.

Lastly, to everyone who helped make this event possible, I can never express my gratitude sufficiently. In addition, I hope that you continue to help spread awareness of potentially life-altering consequences of childhoodconcussion injury.

Elad I. Levy, MD, FACS, FAHA
Professor of Neurosurgery & Radiology, University at Buffalo Neurosurgery
Director, Endovascular Fellowship & Stroke Service
Co-Director, Gates Stroke Center at Kaleida Health

2011 Team Rosters

Ben Thomas Dave Mossman Mike Mogensen
Steve Thomas Mark Zimmerman Joe Fritz
Jay Stempniak Matt Arnold John Dunn
Rick Lynch Dennis Kusak Jake Ledyard
Shawn Haviland Dan Albrecht Jonas Fredriksson
Patrick Easter Eric Broska Jim van Oss
Walter Easter Justin Haag Fran Gengo
Justin Price Kevin Matuziak Jeff Errington
Geoff Peters Tim Turnbull George Caneras
Eric Fox Brian Bzibziak Pat Quinn
Frank Cravotta Mike Beyers Pete Atkinson
Jim Hoerner Paul Hockwater Dale Altman
Eric Bauer Jeff Filipski Ken Murray
Tony Ricotta Troy Blackchief Kyle Murray
Gil Farkash Scott Kruse

Team Rosters

Ed Karalus Robert Carroll Denis Lemieux
David Sutton Michael Drezek Morris Wanchuk
Sean Bruso Brandon Biskup Dave "Killer" Carlson
Derrick Johnson Jeremy Buczynski Billy Charlebois
David Lynch Shawn Conschafter Jim Ahern
Chris Zmuda Nik Fattey Reggie Dunlop
Joe Laraiso Joe Carosa Ned Braden
Bart Nawojski Chris Fattey Johnny Upton “C”
Rick Nawojski Marc Fattey Jean-Guy Drouin “A”
Jim Spratz Shawn Richardson Jack Hanson
Pat George Marc Braun Steve Hanson
Nick Jakubowski Mark Branden Jeff Hanson
Kevin Pilley Yvon LeBrun
Chad Schiltz
Chris Flejtuch
Dan Lipp
Len Krucenski
Kevin King

Thank you to our 2011 event sponsors!

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors
Capital Institute for Neurosciences • Cellino & Barnes
Dent Neurologic Institute • Niagara Metals • Proscan Imaging of Buffalo
Saratoga • Toshiba • Paul J. Koessler Foundation

Premier Sponsors
Codman • Josephine Goodyear Foundation Fund at the Community
Foundation for Greater Buffalo • Independent Health • Kaleida Health
SealMaster • Lippes, Mathias, Wexler & Friedman • Mr. Fox Tire
Great Lakes Medical Imaging

Honored Sponsors
Medina Medical • Delaware North • Lawley Insurance • Connors & Vilardo, LLP
MJW Corporation • Tim Hortons • ECMC • Kelly Fitzgerald
The Sports Concussion Center at Excelsior Orthopaedics

Tournament Supporters A
East Aurora Buick GMC Cadillac • Tibion • Buffalo Ultrasound
West Herr Automotive Group • DreamCatcher Foundation
Gross Shuman Brizdle & Gilfillan • Western New York MRI • Snooty Fox Lounge

Tournament Supporters B
Brain & Spine Center • Center for Plastic Surgery • Walsh Duffield Companies
Christina Bailey • Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola
Steven Bengart • Buffalo MRI • Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo • Songin CPAs
Lipsitz, Green, Scime & Cambria, LLP • Gabe’s Collision • Drs. Gil and Julie Farkash

Tournament Friends
Bronsky & Company • Law Offices of Robert G. Walsh • David S. Clifford, MD

Thank you to our 2011 Event Partners!

Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association
University at Buffalo Neurosurgery
USA Hockey
Buffalo Regals
Dent Neurologic Institute
New Buffalo Shirt
WNY Hockey Report
New Era Cap
Tim Hortons
The Olympic Restaurant
Dr. Ami Hariton
La Castelana Restaurant
Kanberra Gel
Snooty Fox Lounge
Delta Sonic

Thank you to our 2011 Event Volunteers!

UB School of Nursing
Cate McKinnon
Meagan Zack
Lauren Leeson
Renae Razenbach
Kelly Smith
Jen Netter
Erik Koch
Angel Stepien
Samantha Zack

Dent Neurologic Institute

UB Neurosurgery & Buffalo Regals

Emily Wyckoff Brandon Piazza
Jennifer Gay Mary Hartney
Paul Dressel Sue Hazelet
Evan Dressel Laura Mason
Mary Kompson Lisa Pruchnicki
Brady Gay Kim Drozdowski
Maria Williams Courtney Drozdowski
Kim Sickinger Becky Valenti
Quinn Sickinger Sharon Cappy
Jen Polizzi Maureen Tabazynski
Donna Robers Mary Ann Kedron
Mikhele Roberts Angela Milazzo
Rachelle Roberts Diane Macko
Angel Piazza