By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
The Tri-City Americans will honor one of their own tonight when they host the Regina Pats for the inaugural Shaun Vey Aware Down There Night.
Vey, who played for the Americans from 2004-08, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in February. He is in the Tri-Cities to bring awareness and raise funds for men’s health issues. All funds raised will stay local and benefit the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation.
None of the current Americans played with Vey, but they are supportive of him and the cause.
“He was a part of this family once and we are now,” said Americans captain Mitch Topping. “Living his legacy on and helping him out any way we can. We can have some fun with it growing our mustaches and it’s just a bonus he’s agreed to help us out and hopefully he has a little fun himself.”
With testicular cancer being a young man’s cancer, Tri-City coach Jim Hiller welcomes the information for his team.
“Not too long ago he was in the room,” Hiller said of Vey. “It hits close to home with our players. As young people, you don’t think it can happen to you. Shaun is an example of that and he’s doing great things about it.”