Top of the Morning, Jan. 31, 2018

Top of the Morning, Jan. 31, 2018

The Gottheil Cup, the annual on-campus hockey fundraiser in the fight against cancer, just got better.

JIM CORNELISON, a Blackhawks fan-favorite because of his spirited rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," will sing the anthem at this year's event at the UI Ice Arena.

"When I think of Jim Cornelison," said University of Illinois sophomore MATT MORROW, "I think of people screaming and going crazy. With the kind of energy he's going to bring, I think we'll be blown away."

Morrow, a member of Cup-organizing Sigma Phi Epsilon, reached out to Cornelison via Facebook to judge his interest. With the help of local sponsors, the Sig Eps were able to book Cornelison on March 30.

"I hope this is just the start of a relationship between him and the school," said Morrow, a Naperville native and avid Blackhawks fan.

This is Year 4 for the Cup, which has four UI frats (Sig Eps, Phi Delta Theta, Delta Tau Delta and Acacia) taking the ice to benefit the JOSH GOTTHEIL Memorial Fund for Lymphoma Research.

Sig Eps began donating in Gottheil's name — he died of leukemia in 1989 — shortly after his father, former UI professor FRED, came on as faculty adviser. Fred died in 2016.

We'll have more info on the Cup as details emerge.

"It is very gratifying to see the dedication of students to philanthropic work and to know that the Gottheil Cup is continuing," said Fred's widow, DIANE. "I know it will once again be tons of fun for the players and the fans and will also result in a significant contribution to Josh's Fund."

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shanksmare wrote on January 31, 2018 at 7:01 am

I sure hope our local faculty rabblerousers dont see the Blackhawk logo. Cause I dont think they would be into the Chicago chant to "Respect the Indian"