The Elliot Lake Wildcats held their first-ever ‘Pink in the Rink’ event last night, October 17th, in honour of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Aside from an exciting game against the Blind River Beavers (which the Wildcats won 8-3) many other events took place throughout the course of the night.
During the weeks leading up to the event, pink tribute lightbulbs were on sale at our home games for $5 which could be purchased in honour of those who have fought the battle of cancer. A total of 120 lightbulbs were purchased.
Other ‘pink’ merchandise was also sold during the home games leading up to the event which included pens, travel mugs and t-shirts. The total sales of ‘pink’ merchandise is still being calculated; however, we will keep you posted.
The City of Elliot Lake was that night’s game sponsor, and we were honoured to have Natalie Bray, a 12-year breast cancer survivor and Christine Ouimet, a 1-year breast cancer survivor drop the game puck.
The boys wore special pink jerseys during the game which were up for auction in the lobby. The bidding started at $50 and the majority of jerseys sold for $100+. An article with the list of winners will be posted to our site within the next couple of days.
After the game, the boys returned to the ice to do a victory lap in honour of all cancer survivors and in memory of those who are no longer with us. Bobby Alexander, host of Moose FM, was the emcee for the ceremony. Sandy Finamore also spoke on behalf the Algoma & District Canadian Cancer Society. Following Sandy’s speech the jersey winners were announced and given to the successful bidders.
Overall, the evening was a huge success seeing 680 fans fill the stands (most of who were wearing something pink.)
The Wildcats will be making a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society and the final amount being donated will be posted shortly.
We want to thank everyone who was involved in helping make our first ever ‘Pink in the Rink’ event a huge success! We couldn’t have done it without you. We can’t wait until next year’s event!