October Saves Goalie Challenge began in 2014 with the Ashburn Xtreme Hockey Club in Ashburn, VA.
One of the key principals of The Xtreme, founded in 2002, was to create a sense of “community” within the club and help its participants become better hockey players and better people.
The Xtreme, aiming to instill philanthropy and leadership in The Xtreme goalies along with great net minding skills, approached Lara’s League, a local cancer charity run by a mom of two Xtreme goalies.
October Saves was born! The Xtreme was blown away by the fundraising success of the inaugural event so the following year the club invited the Howard Huskies to participate. Again, the event was a huge success!
We were honored to have Mitch Korn, the goaltending coach for the Washington Capitals, present the Pink Brick Wall trophy to our top fundraising goalie that year. What an exciting way to end our 2015 event!
In 2016 the event expanded to include the entire Chesapeake Bay Hockey League. 185 goalies raised an amazing $100,000!
We are proud that in 2017 we went nationwide with over 700 goalies in the United States, from mites to the NCAA, and 4 in the NHL taking our fundraising over the half million dollar mark. In 2018, we welcome Canada in to the program uniting as one North American goaltending community to fight cancer and teach goaltenders how to be leaders on the ice and in their communities! #makesavescount