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Enjoy our 2nd Quarter newsletter, as Dawg Nation plans a new arena, celebrates Dave Repsher's recovery, laughs it up at Comedy Works and gets ready for its headline event this summer.


Dawg Nation has announced plans to build a new ice arena in Parker.

There will be three rinks.  This arena will be the first in the United States totally designed for both able bodied and physically disabled athletes.

More details soon.


The second annual Copper Mountain Pond Hockey Tournament and Auction in February was a huge success raising $70,000.  

Summit County's own Dave Repsher made his first public appearance since suffering severe burns in a Flight for Life helicopter crash in 2015.  $50,000 of the money raised will go to Dave and his wife Amanda.

Dave is with (from left) his mom Marilyn Raymond, Amanda, and Dawg Nation founder Martin Richardson.

Addressing the overflow crowd at Copper, Dave said, "Without the help of everyone here, I wouldn't be here tonight."

Dave's old team, now named in his honor, won the 'B' Division!  DREP,  led by Derek "Army" Armstrong and the Altz brothers, defended their title from a year ago.

Loan Rangers, captained by DN board member Todd Gerhke, took the tourney's top honors in the 'A' Division.

Dave and Amanda present the trophy to Cobra Kai, winners of the tournament's 'C' Division.   Looks like the old Cobra Kai sweaters still have a little magic left in them!

Christina and her motley crew put it all together as the Landsharks took  the 'D' level crown.


The 7th Annual Stand Up for Dawg Nation Comedy night raised $17,000 for those in need.  

Comedy Works South donates the venue and all ticket sales.  Lucy's restaurant gave us a portion of their sales and the comedians work for free. 

Dawgfather Martin Richardson is joined by (from left) comic Chris Voth, MC Vic Alejandro and headliner Bryan Kellan.

Thank you to Mike Raftery and Comedy Works!


Giving back is what Dawg Nation is all about. In just over five years our grass roots organization has been able to aid over 60 families in times of need. 

In January, Tony Salazar suffered a heart attack while playing in a game for Metro State.  He spent several days in critical condition.  In February Dawg Nation presented Tony with a check for $15,500. 

In  March, the Dawgs gave Tony a memorable evening.  Dinner with NHL great and Dawg Nation ambassador Milan Hejduk and the Dawgfather Martin Richardson.  

Following that, it was off to a suite at an Avs game and later a chance to see the Avs win late from seats on the glass.  Here's to you Tony!

Sadly in January, RMHL player Dave Russen passed away.  Dawg Nation set up a donation link for his daughter McKenna.  Thank you to all who contributed!  

On March 11, we helped McKenna celebrate her dad's life in the very place (Magness Arena) of some of their fondest memories.  During the second intermission, McKenna was presented with a DU jersey with Dave's #22.  

Dawg Nation then gave McKenna a check for $13,250 to help with her tuition at CU. McKenna is with her mom, Daria Snyder.


The Walnut Brewery in Boulder continues its strong support of Dawg Nation.  In April, the brewery hosted a tapping party introducing their newest creation, JK-21. 

The name honors the late Jack Kelly who played for the Dawgs, wore #21 on his sweater, and was the inspiration for the formation of Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation.  

For a month, Walnut Brewery is donating 50 cents from every sale of JK-21 to Dawg Nation.

At the brewery, the Dawgs also presented Rich Fox (left) with a check to help with medical expenses following a skiing injury. Rich is  with DN ambassador Jonathan Jay and Cap.


It's the marquee event of Summer! Dawg Bowl VII is June 22-25 at the Edge Ice Arena in Littleton.   The tournament benefits adult hockey players facing catastrophic illness or injury.

Join us for hockey, a terrific silent auction, great music, food and the inspirational Survivor Game.

There are 7 divisions so teams of all skill levels can participate.  Have a team and want to get in on the action? 

This newsletter was written and edited by Jeff Kingery. 
Photos by Kelli Packard. 

Special thanks to  Martin Richardson and Rob Packard for their assistance.