Davenport, IA - On Saturday, February 24, 2024, the Quad City Blues and the Cedar Rapids Roughriders are set to clash at the River’s Edge Rink, 700 W. River Dr., Davenport, in a highly anticipated hockey match.

Quad City Blues Hockey Teams Rally Community Support in 13th Annual Benefit Game for Children's Hospital

This event is far more than just a game; it's a beacon of hope and support for children facing severe health challenges. The 13th Annual Blues Benefit Hockey Games will be dedicated to raising funds for the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital, specifically benefiting the departments of Pediatric Cardiology and Neurology.

What Times Are The Games?

Puck drop times are scheduled for 5:00 pm for the Junior Varsity game, followed by the Varsity game at 7:15 pm. These exciting matchups aren't just about the thrill of the sport but are centered around a noble cause—supporting the hospital that stands as a pillar of hope for many families and children across the region.

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Two Players On The Team Are Affected

This year's proceeds will be donated to the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital’s departments of Pediatric Cardiology and Neurology.

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Neurology and cardiology hold a special significance for the Blues families as two of the senior players are personally affected:

  • One senior player had a life-threatening congenital heart condition requiring open heart surgery when he was only 1 month old.
  • Another senior player has been battling epilepsy since being diagnosed in the 2nd grade.
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Quad City Blues

Jersey Auction, Bake Sale, and More


In a heartwarming tribute to these brave young individuals and countless others like them, the Blues players will wear specially designed jerseys and hockey socks for the night. The jerseys, in shades of red and purple, symbolize support for children battling congenital cardiac abnormalities and pediatric epilepsy, respectively.

Attendees will not only witness an exhilarating hockey showdown but will also have the opportunity to contribute to a life-changing cause through various fundraising activities. These include the auction of two special edition jerseys, along with sales of t-shirts, baked goods, raffle items, and a silent auction featuring a range of goods and services.

Free Entry

The highlight of the event remains its free entry, making it accessible to all who wish to enjoy a great game of hockey and support a critical cause. It's a testament to the community's spirit and the enduring hope that together, significant strides can be made in the fight against challenging pediatric diseases.

The Quad City Blues Hockey Club, part of the Quad City Hockey Association (QCHA), is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed to promote the sport of hockey for boys and girls of all ages in the Iowa and Illinois Quad City area.

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