It's the kind of thing that you love to see--and here in the Treasure Valley, we're lucky enough to see it often. We're talking about the community coming together in a big way, and that's exactly what has gone on in just a matter of days.

Our friend and local philanthropist Rocci Johnson, just over a week ago, shared a GoFundMe page that she created out of love to benefit a member of our community and staple in the local hockey community, Paul Homola.

For almost 20 years, Paul Homola has faithfully run the Zamboni in Downtown Boise at Idaho Central Arena. He has been a longtime member of the Idaho Steelheads family, and his dedication to his craft and equipment has been integral to the success of the Steelheads organization. Two weeks ago, on Christmas Eve, Paul suffered a massive stroke--he is unable to speak and has very limited mobility. Paul's only income was from running the Zamboni at Idaho Central, and it will be some time before he is able to return to his position. Between medical bills and the loss of income, we are hoping our community and extended hockey family will step up to assist Paul and his family.


With a goal of $5,000 to help with medical and day-to-day costs, the City of Boise has come out in full force, now having raised over $17,000 at the time of publishing this article.

If you've enjoyed hockey games downtown Boise--or have participated in them, odds are you've seen, met, or known Paul and donations are still being accepted!

To support the GoFundMe, click HERE.

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