Fighting for Folgs, a day capped off by American International at Mercyhurst: USCHO Game of the Week episode 15

While Saturday’s game between Mercyhurst and American International is half of a weekend series with playoff seeds in the forefront, it’s more significant because it’s part of a day called “Fighting for Folgs.”

Longtime hockey equipment manager and athletic trainer Mike Folga, affectionately known as “Folgs,” is battling cancer. Folga, who has held roles in the NHL, with Team USA, and other professional hockey jobs, is being recognized during a day of events aimed at raising support for him and his family, as well as for the American Cancer Society.

Mercyhurst coach Rick Gotkin previews the games and shares heartfelt thoughts about Folga with hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger.

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Jim and Ed also preview other top match ups around the country this weekend.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) is a senior writer at and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He a former color analyst for UMass-Lowell hockey’s radio network and studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey on the RIT Tigers Sports Network, and has been involved with the broadcasts as a producer, studio host, and color commentator since their inception. He is co-owner and president of broadcasting company Genesee Media, and was general manager of the former Rochester, N.Y., sports radio station 97.5 The Team.