Ice hockey programs to host Pink in the Rink this weekend

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's and women's ice hockey teams will host their ninth annual Pink in the Rink Weekend on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2 as the teams will once again raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

Now in its ninth year, the Hawks have raised over $20,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Wing at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H. through the initiative. During the last week, the teams have been selling t-shirts ($15) alongside ribbons for coats and backpacks ($1) to raise money for the event. With limited t-shirts left, the sale of these items will be conducted at Davison Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. Any leftover t-shirts, along with ribbons and backpacks, will continue to be sold at the rink on the day of each game.

"The teams are excited for our annual Pink in the Rink weekend," said head women's ice hockey coach Kerstin Matthews. "The two teams do a great job working together and building excitement around the event. The student-athletes love to put their efforts into a worthy cause that help support our local community. The donations from this event will go to the Catholic Memorial Breast Cancer Center."

Men's ice hockey head coach Larry Rocha '79 has a personal connection to the cause and is proud of what both teams have done to bring awareness the disease.

"I am very proud of all the athletes on the women's and men's ice hockey teams for organizing and planning the 'Pink in the Rink' event," said Rocha. "Breast cancer is such a hideous and abhorrent disease. Experts believe that one in eight women who live to the age of 80 will get the disease. My sister has breast cancer so, personally, I applaud the efforts of our hockey programs to raise awareness and dollars for breast cancer research."

Both squads play host to the Purple Knights from Saint Michael's College for a weekend series, beginning on Friday, Feb. 1. Puck drop for Friday's games is 4 p.m. for the women and 7 p.m. for the men at Sullivan Arena. Saturday's games are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.