SUNY Potsdam men’s hockey team raising awareness of cystic fibrosis at games Friday and Saturday
Friday, February 15, 2013 - 11:56 am

POTSDAM -- The SUNY Potsdam men’s hockey team will raise awareness for cystic fibrosis during its final home weekend of the 2012-13 season.

The Bears will host two local children who are afflicted with the disease during their games against Oswego State and SUNY Cortland this weekend.

Joining Potsdam for the two contests will be 10-year-old Hunter Cooke of Hogansburg and two and half-year-old Claire Nezezon of Norwood.

Cooke, the son of Marla and Chris Jacobs, joined the team as an honorary Bear through the Team Impact organization back in October.

Claire is the daughter of Chris and Jessica Nezezon and granddaughter of Dayna Cole who works in SUNY Potsdam’s Office of Curriculum and Instruction.

Fans attending the contests can purchase pin-ups upon entry to the Massena Arena at the ticket table. All funds raised from the pin-ups will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Cystic Fibrosis is a life threatening disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. While Hunter and Claire appear to be healthy, they endure several treatments a day to maintain healthy lungs and digestion. To learn more about cystic fibrosis, go to

The Bears will wrap up the regular season this weekend. Friday they will host Oswego State. Then they will battle SUNY Cortland Saturday night. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.