Former Dubuque Fighting Saint Andrew Kerr broke a bone in his neck this summer in a swimming accident, and was unsure if he would ever walk again.
After months of intensive rehabilitation, Kerr made his return to the ice in Dubuque, walking out to drop the ceremonial first puck.
"It's definitely an honor, and I'm happy to do it. I'm really happy about all the support people have shown me. It's an honor to be out there and do that," Kerr said.
It's been a long, tough five months or so for Kerr, but he says he's working hard and getting stronger every day.
The Fighting Saints and the Dubuque community as a whole have been paying close attention to his recovery process, and have done lots, including raising money, to help him get back to normal.
"It's a real honor to wear the D, and I think we all realize that. It goes beyond just our hockey team, it goes throughout the community. This is a great community, and a community of champions, and I think just by their support, you're seeing how resilient this community is, and how supportive they are of this team, this organization and specifically of Andrew," said Head Coach Jason Lammers.
He says it's no surprise to see Kerr back on the ice tonight, because he's "one of the three most competitive people I've ever met," said Lammers.
The team and the community still active in aiding in his recovery.
The team's portion of the 50/50 pot, along with proceeds from a silent auction, all going to help out Kerr and his recovery.
Kerr says he hopes to get back to skating soon, and hopes one day to be able to play hockey again.
Leslie Hospitality owner Edwin Leslie says he doesn't have anything to hide, and to prove it he invited the public to view all of the documents, emails, agreements, and financial statements related to the deal at a public meeting this morning.