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Hockey Clash Between West Milford, Lakeland Helps Wayne Man Battling ALS

Gary Ragusa, second from right, of Wayne, was honored at the NJ Devils Alumni Game vs. Montclair on Nov. 22.
Gary Ragusa, second from right, of Wayne, was honored at the NJ Devils Alumni Game vs. Montclair on Nov. 22. Photo Credit: Gary Ragusa
Gary Ragusa, left, with former NHL defender Bruce Driver and a friend's daughter at the NJ Devil's Alumni vs. Montclair State University ALS charity hockey game.
Gary Ragusa, left, with former NHL defender Bruce Driver and a friend's daughter at the NJ Devil's Alumni vs. Montclair State University ALS charity hockey game. Photo Credit: Facebook

WAYNE, N.J. — The West Milford vs. Lakeland Second Annual Ice Hockey Alumni Game will benefit anyone battling ALS -- — a progressive neuro-degenerative condition commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease" -- especially Wayne resident and former ice hockey player Gary Ragusa.

Proceeds from the 8:30 p.m. game at the Ice Vault Arena in Wayne will benefit "Team Goose." (SEE: Supporters Assist Wayne Athlete In Big Skate Against ALS ).

Ragusa was honored Saturday night at a benefit hockey game hosted by the New Jersey Devils, thanks to his teammate and former NHL defender Bruce Driver.

A GoFundMe account established by Ragusa's co-worker, Michael Riga, had raised nearly $20,000 as of Nov. 24 — exceeding the $15,000 goal.

All funds raised will go toward making the Ragusa Family's home handicap-accessible.

"Support from friends, family and the community is overwhelming," Ragusa said.

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