By Dale Woodard on March 3, 2021.
Heading into his second season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Zack Stringer has a goal in mind.
That, of course, is to score several goals, but the local product and forward with the Canes has a bigger goal before those goals.
And Stringer is slapping a dollar value on that, pledging to donate $5 for every goal he scores this year to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of his father, Ian Van Seters, who lost his life to the disease at a young age.
“Growing up I watched my dad fight for his life with the battle with cancer,” said Stringer, who was drafted in the first round and eighth overall by the Hurricanes in the 2018 WHL bantam draft. “Sadly, he lost that fight and I’ve always wanted to do something toward cancer research and I thought this year would be the best year to do it. It means a lot to me and other people.”
In his rookie year Stringer, who in 2018 helped the Lethbridge midget AAA Hurricanes to an Alberta Midget Hockey League championship title and a bronze medal at the Telus Cup, scored 11 goals and 34 points in 48 games in 2019-20.
As the Hurricanes opened their Western Hockey League regular season Friday night in Edmonton against the Oil Kings, word of Stringer’s initiative blew up on social media with many locals jumping on board to match the Hurricane forward’s totals and tagging others in retweets to join the cause.
“It’s been really good, lots of support,” said Stringer, who will turn 18 next month. “My family members and even in the hockey community it’s been good. Hopefully I score a couple more goals this year.”
Those who would like to join Stringer’s initiative can make a one-time donation online at http://support.cancer.ca/goto/ZackStringer.
The Hurricanes are still waiting word on their next games and opponents following an 0-2 home-and-home series against the Edmonton Oil Kings Friday and Saturday.
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