ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) One of the best things about the IceHogs is not their performance on the ice, even though they have been better as of late, but what the team does to give back to the community off the ice.
The 11th annual Bowl-a-Thon took place at The Cherry Bowl on Sunday. Players signed autographs, took pictures with fans and knocked down a few pins.
This year's event benefits Brovember, Inc., a local nonprofit that raises awareness for prostate cancer and men's health. Back in November, Rockford defenseman Ian McCoshen helped raise money for the organization. He matched a $1,500 donation.
He said he didn't realize how much Rockford loves to hit the lanes, but was happy for another packed event.
"It's great," said McCoshen. "Just to see how fortunate we are as a community to come together here and support a great cause that Brovember has brought to the area and able to raise awareness for this cancer research."
Goalie Collin Delia has been to the Bowl-a-Thon before. He said it's great way to hang out with teammates and the fans.
"It's fun. You know, you get to sign some stuff for some people and bowl a few strikes," said Delia. "It's just a great overall experience for the community."
"For guys that haven't done it, haven't experienced it, like Ian, I'm sure it's a bit overwhelming at first, but it's something that really is a great experience for everybody."