West Bay High School hockey family supporting the Watsky family
2017 West Bay High School Hockey Family supporting the Watsky Family
On January 5th, Chris Watsky, father of freshman West Warwick/Exeter-West Greenwich Coop Hockey Player Ernesto Watsky, was admitted to Rhode Island Hospital with stroke/seizure-like symptoms. Chris’s initial diagnosis was aggressive lung cancer that metastasized to the brain and liver. An emergency brain surgery revealed it was a bacterial infection. There is still a lot of uncertainty as to what the future will bring. A You Caring Page has been set up and describes the efforts underway to help the family. www.Supportthewatskys.com
Anyone involved in youth hockey understands the family connections that are made during the years preceding high school. Often, youth hockey teammates become opponents as they separate to their high school teams, however, the bond and family ties from their youth experience are never broken. In this spirit, Brandon Ciampanelli, a freshman on the Coventry High School Hockey Team, and youth hockey teammate/friend of Ernesto Watsky suggested a charity game be held to support the family. The West Bay hockey family has responded. The Coventry, WW/EWG and East Greenwich teams, coaching staffs and families are working together to make this event a success.
The snowed out January 31st tournament has been rescheduled to February 22nd. The tournament will be two games at the Magiera Ice Rink at the West Warwick Civic Center where the proceeds will go directly to the Watsky family. At 6:00 PM, Ernesto and his WW/EWG teammates will play East Greenwich, followed with a game at 7:30 PM between Brandon and his Coventry teammates against Cumberland. All expenses for this event have been donated so that 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the family. Tickets are $5 for the night, and there will be raffles and other activities throughout the games to benefit the family.
(release from West Bay Hockey)