Benefit hockey game tonight in Eagle
EAGLE – The Mesa State Mavericks hockey team remembers Jake Brock and wants to continue to do so, as well.
The Mavericks return to the Eagle tonight for their annual benefit hockey game, a fundraiser for the Jake Brock Scholarship Fund.
Brock and his girlfriend Jennifer Kois were both Mesa State students. They were killed in 2007 when they were run off the road by a drunk driver, as they returned from Kois’s home in Brighton to Grand Junction and Mesa State College.
The Mavericks hockey team helped establish the scholarship fund when they pounded the University of Kansas hockey team in the inaugural game.
This year, it’s the Grand Junction Oilers coming to Eagle to lock horns with the Mavericks in the benefit.
“We’re so thankful to Mesa State, Jake’s hockey team, for continuing this legacy and memorial on his behalf. The players are going out of their way to do this, and we appreciate it,” said Vern Brock, Jake’s father.
Jake graduated Eagle Valley High School. He’s the second of Vern and Marilyn Brock’s three children. Kathryn is the oldest and Weston is the youngest.
The scholarship fund is for Eagle Valley High School students.
“The year Jake played for Mesa state was their inaugural year,” said Marilyn Brock, Jake’s mother. “Now they’re funded by the school and they’re a growing program.”
Mesa State hockey coach Cameron Dudek gets high marks from the Brocks.
“He’s passionate about hockey and his players. He’s been a really good friends to us,” Marilyn said.
If you go
What: Mesa State Mavericks benefit hockey game.
Why: It’s a benefit for the Jake Brock Scholarship Fund.
When: 7:15 p.m. Thursday
Where: Eagle Ice Rink
Cost: $5 adults, $2 children