“It seems like everyone has been affected by cancer in one way or another,” said Nick Strom, the 20-year-old captain of the Fargo Force. “I just want to do what I can to help.”
Born and raised in North Branch MN, Nick started his hockey career when he was just three years old. “We didn’t have an indoor rink, so I started out playing pond hockey and driving 30 minutes to get ice,” he explained. He spent his high school years at Breck School in Golden Valley MN, and then played a season with the Minot Minotauros of the NAHL before coming to the Fargo Force in 2019. It was a little boy named Grantly who he met in Minot and again last year at a Force game, who inspired him to grow out his hair and raise money for children and their families struggling with cancer.
“I met Grantly once while I was in Minot, we had a special night for him there, and then again last year he was honored at a Fargo Force game,” said Nick.
“Unfortunately he didn’t win his battle with cancer, but when I was cleaning out my locker after COVID-19 shut down the season I found an old t-shirt from when I met Grantly the first time back in Minot and it reminded me of him. I just thought, why not do this for him? Ever since that day last March I’ve been growing out my hair and planning on donating it in his honor.”
Nick explained that his grandpa was diagnosed with cancer right around that same time, making the cause hit even closer to home.
Having been a part of the Fargo-Moorhead community for the last two years, being able to give back to the families of his home away from home means a lot to him.
“I mean, this community is great,” smiled Nick. “We go out in public in Force gear and people recognize us and ask about our game, or how the season is going, it’s awesome.”
“Being able to raise money for the Cullen’s Children’s Foundation, who already does so much for the children and families affected by illnesses, is a really cool opportunity and I’m excited to be a part of that.
Fargo Force Head Coach Pierre-Paul Lamoureux is proud of his captain’s leadership qualities and initiative. “He is a leader on and off the ice. Nick has a big heart; he cares about his teammates and sets a very good example. He represents our organization and himself with character & class on & off the ice. He leads with his actions. We are proud of the awareness and cause Nick is supporting.”
To help Nick raise money for the Cullen’s Children’s Foundation click here to visit his GoFundMe page, and come out to the Fargo Force game on Saturday March 20th for Cully’s Kids Night. A portion of all ticket sales, as well as all proceeds from the live specialty jersey auction will go directly to Cully’s Kids. Plus be on the lookout for a signed Nick Strom stick and jersey available via silent auction on the concourse!