As a team, players and coaches are always looking for roll models or positive people to inspire the teams and players. Inspiration can come from pro athletes, college athletes, coaches, teammates, teams, parents and even opponents. Inspiration can push a player to the next level, to improve individual skills, be better students, and to be better people. Inspiration can push kids into bigger dreams and to want and expect more from themselves. To help them hold their heads up high when they fail, but to go harder the next day, next game and the next season. This season the Panthers did not look far for this inspiration, we found it in the PESH family.
Mark Willis is the father of current Panther player Cade Willis. Mark is remembered as an incredible father, husband and Marine. His fight against cancer was long and hard, but that is what Marines do. The Panther hockey team is proud to dedicate the 2019-2020 season to Mark and his truly inspirational fight. All of the Panther players will be wearing a helmet sticker honoring Mark Willis.
Please keep the Willis family in your thoughts and prayers.
Follow the link for all of your PESH hockey spirit wear. The store will remain open all year.
Link to the Spirit Wear store can always be found on the left vertical navigation bar.
In January 2019, Brenden Butler (BB) was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a form of pediatric bone cancer that typically affects the limbs, hips and pelvis. It is rare; around 200 cases per year in the US. His diagnosis is limited to a location on his left foot and will require both chemotherapy for the cancer treatment, as well as an additional surgery to address the specific area of his foot. BB started chemo in February and will continue to have chemo through September. Surgery is planned for May. BB is a Senior at Plano East High School, where he played forward until sidelined with the injury that resulted in his cancer diagnosis. BB is a long time DJHA player, starting with the Pens in 2010.
What can you do to help BB Fight?
If you are a 2000-2004 hockey player, register to play on June 9, 2019 from 11 am – 1 pm to help BB Fight! Registration link is:
Registration fee is $100 and includes jersey and food; come battle on the ice to benefit BB and show your support! Teams will play a full game coached by Mike Salekin, Jeff Mewett, Erik Jansen and Mike Kelly.
If you are a parent, friend or fan, attend the fundraiser and game at the Plano rink from 10 – 1 pm. There will be food, raffle items and a t-shirt sale with all proceeds going to benefit the Butler family! There is a nominal fee for admission ($5). We will also have the Carter Mobile Blood Bank and DKMS on site and ready to take blood donations and cheek swabs for bone marrow donations starting at 10 am!
If you can't attend, make a donation at https://www.gofundme.com/bbfight-fundraiser
Donate an item for the auction by contacting SocialMedia@dallaspenguins.org; or Nancy Bittner at firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow BB’s journey at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/brendenbutler so you can keep him in your thoughts and prayers!
We must help, not because it’s your child or my child, but because it is a child.
The Plano East Hockey Association is currently looking for players to join the Panthers for the upcoming Summer Season. The Panthers can accept players that are between 7th and 11th grades from the following schools: Plano East Senior High, Wylie High School, Wylie East High School, McMillen High School, Williams High School, Burnett Junior High, Cooper Junior High, Frank McMillan Junior High, Armstrong Middle School, Bowman Middle School, Murphy Middle School, and Otto Middle School.
Also any private or home school students that live within these school's attendance zones are eligible.
All games will be played on Sunday (excluding holiday weekends) there will be 10 games plus playoffs, and the season will run from April 28th thru July 28th.
To add your name to the recruitment list, select the Player Recruitment link below. Make sure to include the students name, school, current grade level, contact email and phone number. A team representative will contact you to answer your questions.
The 1st Annual PESH Hockey Alumni Game was a huge success. The evening include a chili cook off, a holiday raffle, and of course a ton of hockey. Alumni from every high school hockey season were present for the game, including a single player from the Dallas High School inaugural 1997 season. Thank you to all the alumni who participated in the event, the current players and parents who volunteered their time. Photos from the game can be found on our Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/planoeasthockey/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2053221838127266
Contact us for more information on the season