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Proceeds of Calvin/Davenport Hockey Series to Go To Van Andel Institute in Memory of Bill Wondergem

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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A two-game set between the Calvin and Davenport ice hockey teams this weekend will have special meaning. All ticket proceeds from the two games will be donated to the Van Andel Institute in memory of former Calvin hockey player Bill Wondergem.

A 2008 Calvin College graduate, Wondergem passed away unexpectedly last month at the age of 24.

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, father and mother, Wondergem attended Calvin College, where he was a member of the Calvin College men’s hockey team and graduated in 2008 with honors in biology. Also a graduate of Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School, he worked as an undergraduate intern at the Van Andel Institute before earning a Bachelor of Science from Calvin. Following graduation, Wondergem continued his work at the Institute as an assistant research technician in the Laboratory of Cancer Genetics and volunteered at Spectrum Health in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. At VAI, he was recently promoted to the position of research technician and had plans to attend medical school.

Calvin will host Davenport Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Eagles Ice Center and will then serve as the visiting team Saturday night when Davenport hosts Calvin at the nearby Patterson Ice Center at 7 p.m.

Both Davenport and Calvin players will wear pink jerseys to promote breast cancer awareness, and money will be raised through admission, chuck-a-puck during halftime, T-shirt sales, and donations.  This is the second year hosting a Community for a Cure game for both teams; last year’s games raised a combined total of $2,400 for cancer research at VAI.

In memory of Wondergem, the Calvin hockey team has also been wearing number the number 19 - the number he wore as a Calvin Knight.

“The Calvin hockey team wanted to honor Bill’s memory in a meaningful way and donating the proceeds from this weekend’s games to the Van Andel Institute - a place that was near and dear to Bill and his family is very appropriate,” said Calvin men’s hockey coach Mike Petrusma who also served as Wondergem’s coach at Calvin. “I would also like to thank Davenport University for its partnership in this endeavor. It is a complete class act on their part and we are grateful for that.”

Petrusma also commented on Wondergem’s life. “Bill was a wonderful young man and a joy to coach,” said Petrusma. “It is always tragic when someone passes at such an early age but our comfort is that we know Bill’s faith was in Jesus Christ and that God has has a plan for everything, no matter what the circumstances.”

Bill Wondergem Obituary in Grand Rapids Press

Bill Wondergem Student Profile on Calvin News Website

Dave DeKorne Photo Tribute for Bill Wondergem

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