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191004 | Mark Thomas

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Ice hockey is a family sport and that’s just one of the reasons why we’ve asked our wives and girlfriends to organise a collection for the former Steeler Mark Thomas and his two young sons when the biggest of rivals clash in the cup on Saturday night.

Wife and mum Vicki died after illness last month and the collection will be held in her memory at Saturday’s game.

A Panthers’ spokeswoman said: ”We were all saddened to hear of the passing of Vicki Thomas. Our thoughts remain with Mark and his two boys. He was a stalwart of the Steelers and played in many of the biggest clashes between the two teams. Our two clubs have the biggest two families in the sport in this country and we are confident our differences will be shelved if only briefly as we recognise what is a true tragedy and in advance we’d like to thank all the fans for their support.”

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