Matthew Wittman Memorial Hockey Game

Just more than two years ago, the Pittsburgh hockey family lost a young man named Matthew Wittman. Matthew grew up skating for the Mt. Lebanon Hornets, the Pittsburgh Hornets and the Pittsburgh Predators in addition to playing for the Bishop Canevin High School varsity hockey team.

Matthew rarely scored the big goal, but skated hard every shift, threw hits, blocked shots and constantly kept teammates in good spirits. Matthew played every game with a big heart and a bigger smile.

Matthew's untimely death left many in complete and utter disbelief. Matthew, unfortunately, took his own life in October 2011 after struggling with depression.

Friends and family traveled hundreds of miles to attend Matthew's funeral at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Bethel Park. Every eye in the church, including those of "‹Matthew's rugged hockey friends, filled with tears when Frank Beaumont, Matthew's father, delivered a powerful eulogy. Mr. Beaumont's words continue to resound in the"‹ ears of many"‹: "If Matthew would have known how many people cared about him, this never would have happened."

I hope to preserve Matthew's memory and, hopefully, help others through a memorial hockey game. The game is scheduled on December 27, 2013 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Mt. Lebanon Ice Center and will feature Bishop Canevin Hockey alumni and friends of Matthew. Player fees will cover the cost of ice and jerseys. All other proceeds will benefit "To Write Love On Her Arms," (http://twloha.com) an international suicide prevention and awareness organization.

If you or your organization wants to offer any sort of donation, be it money, time, a gift basket for a silent auction at the game, or simply spreading word of the game, please contact Jacob Betzner at (724) [phone redacted] or [email redacted] or donate at gofundme.com/matthewwittmanmemorial.

Anything to spread word of the game "“ email blasts, a Facebook post, a Tweet, etc.
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Organizer

Jacob Betzner 
Organizer
Pittsburgh, PA
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