MISSOULA – Hockey drops the puck in Montana in the coming weeks, and the Missoula Bruins get ready for another season while keeping their owner in mind.

Jason DiMatteo has been dealing with medical complications since a liver infection in March left him in a coma for 19 days. He’s currently in Denver recovering from months of treatments and hospital stays.

His team has found a way to give back while continuing to compete. The Bruins will host an exhibition game versus Helena this Friday, with all of the proceeds going toward medical costs for the DiMatteo family.

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“The guys are obviously excited to get their first experience with the Missoula crowd. Having it benefit Jason and his family, Liz and the boys, I think it means all that much more to them,” said head coach Marcus Baxter. “We’re hoping for a good turnout, and the community has always been so supportive.”

“I miss him every day, and we pray for him every day,” said right wing Isaac Vincent, who is playing his second season with the Bruins. “But we hear he’s getting better. Hopefully we can do a good thing for him and come out with a W on Friday.”

The Bruins also have several local businesses chipping in items for an auction during the game. They’ll take on the Helena Bighorns at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Glacier Ice Rink.

The NA3HL season officially starts next Friday. The Bruins will host the Great Falls Americans on opening night, Sept. 15.