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Moravian hockey game to benefit Derrick Wruble

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by Scott Pagel spagel@tnonline.com in Sports

When the Moravian College ice hockey team takes on DeSales University on Sunday, Jan. 22, it will certainly be a special occasion.

The game takes place outdoors at Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, but beyond that, this contest will also serve as a fundraiser for Derrick Wruble, a former Northampton ice hockey player who graduated in 2014.

Derrick was involved in a one-car accident in November of 2016 on Weaversville Road in East Allen Township Northampton County. According to his mother Heidi, Derrick was traveling only between 30-35 mph, but catapulted up and over a guard rail. Unfortunately, not only does Derrick not remember the accident, but he also doesn’t remember the events of the entire day.

The accident left Derrick paralyzed, so this fundraiser will help with medical costs as well as provide him with a wheelchair.

There has been some good news along the way, though, according to Heidi.

“He’s doing better than they originally told us,” Heidi said. “They told us he’d never walk again, but with modern advances we still have hope that you just never know.”

Perhaps above it all, the Wrubles have discovered the magic of hockey, an activity that seems to bond those who love and play the sport beyond what words can describe.

“It’s just different,” Heidi said about hockey. “These must be some special boys. We’ve been fortunate enough to meet some fantastic people [through hockey].”

Derrick Wruble became associated with Moravian ice hockey two weeks before his accident when he was asked to play for the team through his friend Tyler Feist, who is also one of the organizers of the fundraiser later this month. Derrick was actually supposed to play for Moravian the night of his accident.

“Hockey is family,” Heidi said. “It’s so true. Kids come to see him, parents call him to give their support. It’s a hell of sport.”

All proceeds from the game will benefit the fundraiser.

Admission is $5 and start time for the game is 8:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, which is located at 345 Illick’s Mill Road in Bethlehem.

Raffle items will be available at 8 p.m. and will close at the start of the third period.