Worcester Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock has agreed to wear and autograph a specially designed W6 Tribute mask as the Sharks prepare to host Heroes Night: A Tribute to the Worcester 6, on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the DCU Center.
Ten years ago, on Dec. 3, 1999, a five-alarm fire began in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse in Worcester, Mass., and raged for six days. Six brave men lost their lives: firefighters Paul Brotherton, Jeremiah Lucey, Timothy Jackson, James Lyons and Joseph McGuirk and Lieutenant Thomas Spencer.
On this 10th anniversary, the Worcester Sharks have partnered with the Worcester Fire and Police Departments to honor these six individuals and to raise funds for the Worcester Fire Scholarship Program and the burn care unit at the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The W6 Tribute Mask will be auctioned off on NHL.com and SharksAHL.com. The auction is underway now and will continue through Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 3:00 p.m. ET. All proceeds from the W6 Tribute mask auction will go to the Worcester Fire Scholarship Program and Shriners Hospitals for Children via Sharks Charities.
Worcester Fire Scholarship Program
Established in 1989, Local 1009 Scholarship Program has given over $250,000 to first year college students in 20 years of existence. Started by union leaders, the Scholarship Program and all involved are proud to give our children a start towards their college education and hope to continue this in the future.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a one-of-a-kind health care system dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Every year, the Shriners Hospitals for Children provides care for thousands of kids with burns, orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, in a family-centered environment at no charge. It’s how Shriners Hospitals has been helping kids defy the odds since 1922.
About the W6 Tribute mask:
The W6 Tribute mask has the names of the six fallen firefighter; the W6 logo on the top front; the words “Never Forgotten” written across the brow in gold leaf; the Worcester FD logo in center of chin with dates marking the ten year anniversary; on each side a fully geared firefighter is on a bended knee; a official Sharks logo is located on the back; and “Stalock” is written across the bottom back plate in gold leaf. The majority of the mask is painted as red sky with a black silhouette of the Worcester skyline.
The W6 Tribute mask was designed and painted by the Worcester Sharks’ director of youth hockey and community relations, Michael Myers. Myers has designed and painted several masks, including ones worn by Conn Smythe Trophy winner Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes and three-time former AHL All-Star goaltender Dwayne Roloson.