MONMOUTH COUNTY: Lucas Epstein of Tinton Falls, NJ is saving pucks this month for a good reason. As the goalies  for the Red Bank Generals Mites Black Ice Hockey Team, he is participating in the October Saves Goalie Challenge this month.

The October Saves Goalie Challenge challenges goalies from the mites to the NHL raise money both on and off the ice for pediatric and women’s cancer research. Goalie can raise funds by receiving pledges per save or flat donations.  For every poke check and glove save money is being raised for organizations such as Stand Up to Cancer and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

As of October 14th, 2019, the October Saves Challenge has over 1,000 goaltenders participating across North America and Canada!

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When asked why this was so important to the 7 ½ year old goalie he responded “I think it’s really important to help raise money for cancer research. I want to do everything I can to help find a cure for kids cancer and for women’s cancer.” And this young boy is certainly giving this his whole heart. With over $5,000 raised so far he is currently ranked #3 in North America.

His parents could not be more proud. “Lucas is a very special boy with a heart of gold who wants to save the world. And if he can do that while playing hockey the sky is the limit for him.”

For more information about the October Saves Goalie Challenge please visit