It’s been five years since Andrew “Chowder” Kranichfeld last skated. But there he was December 27 at the Playland Ice Casino, led by his girlfriend out on the rink prior to the start of the Chowder Cup, a hockey scrimmage to raise support and funds for its namesake.
Kranichfeld, a 2003 graduate of Rye High School, went blind last year after a brain tumor was misdiagnosed. The tumor was discovered only two days after his mother, who battled leukemia for seven long years, passed away. A form of germinoma, the cancer was eventually treated, reducing it from over three centimeters in size. Now, after all the 26-year-old had endured in the last year, it was exhilarating to be back on the ice.