Ice hockey programs to host Pink in the Rink this weekend

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 10th annual Pink in the Rink Weekend on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18, as the teams will once again raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

During the 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 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting on Monday, Jan. 13. Any leftover t-shirts, along with ribbons and backpacks, will continue to be sold at the rink on the day of each game.

"We are excited to have Pink in the Rink again this year," said Head Coach Kerstin Matthews. "Women's and men's ice hockey look forward to participating every year to raise money for a worthy cause donating the money to our local community. The Breast Cancer Center at Catholic Medical Center, the beneficiary of the funds raised, helps so many community members and we are happy to be a part of it."

Throughout the weekend games, the Hawks will be selling "Chuck A Pucks" for both the men's and women's games for a prize which will be determined later. On Friday, the women's ice hockey team welcomes the Litchfield Daisy Troop to Sullivan Arena where they will earn their "respect for self and others" badge.

On Saturday, both teams will have youth teams play in shortened games during the first intermission. The Monarch Mite Development Team will be competing during the men's game while the North Reading Hornets Mite 1 Team will play during the women's contest.

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 to 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."

The women's squad will start the weekend off with a contest against Colby, beginning on Friday, Jan. 16, while the men go up against Post. 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.