Nick Defenthaler, CFP® Will Play in the United Cerebral Palsy Benefit Hockey Game

Contributed by: Nick Defenthaler, CFP® Nick Defenthaler


For the second year in a row, I will be lacing up the skates to play for the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) ‘Pucksters’ as we take on the Detroit Red Wing Alumni. This is the 18th year for the charity hockey game, which will benefit United Cerebral Palsy Detroit and will take place at the St. Mary’s Arena in Orchard Lake, MI. Over the years, this amazing event has raised nearly $400,000 for the disabled community and their families! 

I discovered this great event while meeting with a client who is very involved within UCP Detroit and like me, still plays hockey each week with friends. When he and his wife asked me to be a part of the roster to play the Red Wing Alumni team, I was thrilled. Not only could I help support a worthy cause, I could also skate alongside many of the athletes I grew up watching play as a kid. I’ll never forget lining up next to NHL Hall of Famer, Dino Ciccarelli at last year’s game and telling him, “You know, you were one of my favorite players on the Wings when I was growing up. I hope that makes you feel old”. We both had a good chuckle and he gave me a friendly jab as the puck dropped at the faceoff. That was a pretty cool moment for someone like me who has grown up to live and breathe Red Wing hockey. 

Event Information:

  • Date:  Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Location:  Orchard Lank St. Mary’s Ice Arena – Orchard Lake, MI
  • Game Time: 4pm sled hockey game, 6pm game vs. Detroit Red Wings Alumni
  • Tickets: Only $10/person or $30 for a family up to 5 members, kids under 5 are free
  • Visit: for more information!

If you would like to read more about my story and my fundraising goals for the event, please click here.  I hope to see some familiar faces in the stands once again this year cheering on the UCP Pucksters!

Nick Defenthaler, CFP® is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ at Center for Financial Planning, Inc.® Nick works closely with Center clients and is also the Director of The Center’s Financial Planning Department. He is also a frequent contributor to the firm’s blogs and educational webinars.

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