The hockey game Tuesday night between all-boys Catholic high school rivals Brother Rice and University of Detroit Jesuit is being played for something more than bragging rights and league standings.
Watching the game will be Bloomfield Hills attorney Paul Apap, a 1983 Brother Rice graduate and hockey team alum, who was diagnosed five years ago with ALS, the debilitating neurological condition also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Playing for the U-D Jesuit Cubs will be his youngest son, Teddy Apap, 16.
The game’s admission proceeds will go to ALS research. And after the game, the Rice Warriors and the Cubs will have buckets of water, frigid from Zamboni machine ice scrapings, dumped over their heads. It’s a take on the ALS ice bucket challenge that raised money and awareness for the disease last summer.
Paul Apap taught his two sons to skate and coached them for many years. Oldest son Tommy Apap is playing Junior A hockey for the Wichita Falls, Texas, Wildcats in the North American Hockey League.
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Several of the Brother Rice players grew up with the Apap boys, playing in the backyard ice rink Paul Apap made every winter in Bloomfield Hills.
“Paul is so excited for this game. When he was diagnosed with this, he said he was going to live every day to the fullest,” said his wife, Maureen Apap. “It’s not easy every day to wake up and be positive, but he does.”
The game is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Oak Park Ice Arena, 13950 Oak Park Blvd. There will be a raffle and donations accepted at the game. Admission is $5. Proceeds will go to the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Massachusetts.