Gulls team up to help captain’s childhood coach fight brain cancer

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SAN DIEGO - San Diego Gulls captain Joe Piskula will hit the ice on Saturday and will be taking on a cause that hits close to home.

Joe Piskula, San Diego Gulls

Joe Piskula, San Diego Gulls

Piskula's childhood coach Dom Hilger of Antigo, Wisconsin was diagnosed with brain cancer in November. The father of three has since undergone brain surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

"Dom has dedicated much of his life to helping make hockey a positive community for Antigo's youth. I hope to pay it forward as much as possible as I was one of those kids," Piskula said.

The Gulls are partnering with the City of Hope to raise awareness for brain cancer in support of Hilger.  He and his family will be honored at Saturday's game which starts around 7 p.m.

An online fundraiser has been set up to help Hilger travel to San Diego for the event.  All funds raised beyond travel costs will go directly to help the Hilger family's day-to-day battle against brain cancer.

Dom Hilger and his family (Go Fund Me page)

Dom Hilger and his family (Go Fund Me page)

"I decided to start a 'Go Fund Me' account to cover the remainder of their travel costs AND to ensure they enjoy this precious time away from it all. Please join me in my efforts by donating* to this special family," Piskula wrote.

Fans can purchase special tickets for the April 2nd game at the Valley View Casino Center online.