Holy moly what a goalie!

Bridget Killian, artist

 

Students pack the stands of the Kirkwood Ice Rink, wearing pink wristbands to show support for Owen Luetkemeyer, senior goalie, during a hockey game against the Lindbergh Flyers Dec. 10. Caroline Goff, Emily Manion and Summer Woodside, seniors, sold these wristbands during homeroom with the hope that students would wear them to the hockey game in support of Owen and his family, whose baby sister, Tierney, passed away prematurely a year ago Dec. 10.

Each bracelet costs $1, and the profit went to the Luetkemeyer family, who are thinking of using the money to pay for Christmas gifts for someone who can’t afford any.

“[The bracelets] were amazing,” Owen said. “The message that was on them really meant a lot to me and my family.”

The wristbands read what is engraved on Tierney’s tombstone, ‘some dream of angels, we held one in our arms,’ and her initials, TGL, were on the inside of the bands.

At the game, students came dressed in white as ‘Snow Angels’ to honor Owen’s sister. It was made to be a surprise for both Owen and his sophomore brother, Brady. Goff, Manion and Woodside posted on social media prior to the game to get people to come support.

“I loved seeing how many people cared about our family and were willing to come and support,” Brady said.

The Pioneers won by three points with an 8-5 victory, and the bracelet sales raised a total of $336.

“The amount of support at the game was out of this world. I don’t think I have had that many people at a game for me ever,” Owen said. “They made that night so special for me.”