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Published January 07, 2010, 10:05 PM

Matt Malm Benefit

A benefit was held tonight for former Red River coach Matt Malm, who in September was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

By: Joel Porter, WDAZ

Grand Forks Central and Red River took to the ice tonight.

But the minds of fans were on more than just hockey tonight.

Former Red River hockey coach Matt Malm was back on the ice to drop the first puck before tonight's game.

Malm was diagnosed this fall with a brain tumor.

He's since had surgery to remove much of the cancer.

Malm's friends organized a benefit for the long-time coach at the arena tonight before the varsity game, including a free-will dinner and a silent auction.

"It was really nice to see all of the kids and they're not kids anymore, they're young men and that's the part you miss, you miss the interaction with the players, so I'm lucky that I had that for 15 years really," Malm said.

Malm is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment at the University of Minnesota.

He'll go in for another check-up in two months.