Frates, a 29-year-old former Division 1 baseball player at Boston College who was diagnosed with ALS two years ago, is the inspiration for the Ice Bucket Challenge, aka the #ALSIceBucketChallenge.
It’s simple: put ice water in a bucket and dump it on your head, then challenge others to do the same within 24 hours to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for ALS.
Vancouver Canucks management, players and prospects have taken part to help the cause, joining hundreds of thousands of others from around the world, including influential athletes, celebrities, musicians and politicians.
Here’s a rundown of the Canucks being dunked in the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, in the name of Frates, who requires a full-time nurse for most daily activities, a feeding tube, and the use of a computer to speak, but successfully took the chilly challenge himself late last week.
Prospect Jordan Subban was the first of the Canucks to get the ball rolling a week ago.
Subban challenged Hunter Shinkaruk, who responded in style and challenged Dane Fox.
Fox isn’t one to back down from a challenge.
Other prospects to have taken the plunge including Brendan Gaunce and Frank Corrado.
Dan Hamhuis was the first Canucks regular to take the challenge; he did it alongside wife Sarah.
Zack Kassian responded.
Shawn Matthias used twins and challenged twins in his video.
Jacob Markstrom was buzzin’ in a parking lot for his dunk.
The challenge made it all the way to Canucks president Trevor Linden.
Linden nominated Markus Naslund, and he accepted, icing himself during frigid temperatures.
Stan Smyl also got wet and nominated Canucks coach Willie Desjardins, sportscaster Jim Hughson and singer Michael Buble.
Michael Buble accepted the challenge from others and showed his Canucks pride in the process.
New Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller took the challenge for a second time and nominated “the legend” Charlie Sheen.
Sheen being Sheen, stepped his game up to perform one of the best ice baths yet.