Island Lake, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Former University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) standout Jim Johnson and Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson took to Island Lake on Saturday for the 19th annual ALS Walleye Tournament.
Since it began in 1996, the tournament has raised more than $2.1 million including $171,525 on Saturday, all to benefit ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
For Johnson, now a San Jose Sharks assistant coach, he lost a friend to ALS. Over the years, he's only missed two ALS tournaments while the Sharks were playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs
He admits the weekend is a great opportunity to remember those who were taken too soon because of Lou Gehrig's.
"I had a friend who came down with ALS and when you watch somebody go through that, you want to get involved," he said. "
I think anything my wife and I and the children try to do is we try to make a difference and get involved in the community and help people that are less fortunate."