The Smiths Falls community is once again rallying behind one of their own, this time in support of Smiths Falls Bears’ forward, Neil Doef, who was injured Dec. 14 after colliding with a Swiss defenceman in the first period of game at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge. Doef was transported by ambulance to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Sask. where he underwent surgery that same evening and and has since been joined by his parents and other family members.
Doef, was recently named a member of Team Canada East, was named on the Central Scouting Preliminary 2014 Players to Watch list, and is also the recipient of a Princeton scholarship offer. A community fundraiser initiated by Discover Smiths Falls, called “Do It For Doef,” was set up on Dec. 16 has already received more than 20 contributions and raised more than $1,600 dollars. Funds raised through the Do It For Doef campaign are intended to offset travel expenses for Doef’s family and any other expenses related to his recovery and subsequent return to the Smiths Falls’ community.
Donations can be made online via the “Do It For Doef” campaign.