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Coon Rapids boy's hockey team struggling to stay afloat after treasurer embezzles $36K

The high school team needs to raise money quick or their season is over.

The Coon Rapids High School Boy's Hockey Team is desperately scrambling to stay afloat after tens of thousands of dollars were stolen from its booster club account.

The team is appealing for donations from the local community on its Facebook page, saying it needs to raise money fast or the Cardinals' season could be over.

It follows a theft from the accounts of the team's booster organization, the Cardinals Hockey Redline Club, with a 34-year-old woman who was the club's treasurer being investigated for possible embezzlement.

In total, around $36,000 is estimated to have been taken dating back to December 2016, with police telling FOX 9 most of the purchases were for personal items.

In a fundraising page on Facebook, boosters say that despite the suspect being identified, they won't be able to recover the money in time for the new season.

"When the embezzlement was discovered, our booster club took immediate action to prevent this type of theft from ever happening again," fundraiser and head coach Steve Moe writes on Facebook.

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"We are in need of immediate funds to cover outstanding debts that apparently were never paid, and funds to start the new season."

Some $2,235 has been raised on Moe's fundraising page as of Friday morning, though FOX 9 notes as much as $40,000 is needed over the next two months.

Speaking to WCCO, Moe called the theft "gut-wrenching," adding: "We’re a small hockey community and we need to be a hockey family, and this might test us a little bit, but it can only make us be a little bit stronger."

You can find information on how to donate here.

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