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MANCHESTER, N.H. – Both the Saint Anselm College men's and women's ice hockey programs combined to raise more than $4,600 in proceeds to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation the Saint Anselm College athletic department announced Wednesday morning. The two-day event, held Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26, saw close to 1,000 fans fill the Thomas F. Sullivan Arena to help raise funds and awareness to combat breast cancer, a worthy cause that has undoubtedly affected someone in all of our lives.
The women's ice hockey players donned pink jerseys at each of their two games Friday and Saturday and the men's ice hockey players utilized pink accents in their game-day apparel and equipment. The jerseys, predominately pink with white piping down the sides, were donated by Hawks booster Bob Rotondo.
During the intermission in each of the four games, fans were able to participate in a special Chuck-A-Puck contest. Fans threw specially-numbered pucks onto the ice surface from their seats and the person closest to the pink tee-shirt at center ice took home several prizes, including a snowboard, a ski jacket, and an iPod speaker system. All three prizes were generously donated by Tom Bullock of Amoskeag Beverages, headquartered in Bow, N.H.
Players from both squads participated in the fundraising effort across campus in the week leading up to the games. Special t-shirts were sold at tables located in Davison Hall, as well as at the games. Pink paper ribbons lined the entrance to Sullivan Arena, covering the entire glass wall with signs of support and remembrance of those lost to the disease. Additionally, commemorative pink programs were sold throughout the weekend of games.
On the ice, both teams also found success against their opponents. The women's ice hockey program split a pair of games – posting an impressive 8-3 victory agai nst Nichols College and dropping a 3-2 decision to Manhattanville, while the men's ice hockey team split their two games as well - edging out Skidmore College by a 7-5 margin, but just falling to Castleton State College, 3-2.
On Feb. 1, the women's ice hockey team traveled to the College of the Holy Cross to take part in their "Pink the Rink" game that also raised funds and awareness for Breast Cancer. In addition to wearing pink, the team did a meet and greet with a youth girls' team after the game. The youth team – the Lady Flames – came to the game wearing their pink tie-dye shirts and were given the chance to meet the women's ice hockey team and head coach Matthews as well as having posters signed by the players.
The Saint Anselm College Athletic Department would like to thank Pizza Market and the rest of the sponsors of Hawk athletics, including Sun Tan City, Concord Coach Lines, The Hampton Inn and N.H. Orthopedics Center.
The Saint Anselm College women return to action Friday, Feb. 5 as they host Plymouth State College in a 4 p.m. puck drop at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena. The men's program will also play on home ice Friday, hosting Southern Maine in a 7 p.m. faceoff time. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/STAHawks) and following us on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/STAHawks).