Mooseheads to sport pink on Saturday for Pink in the Rink
HALIFAX – Have you ever seen a moose in pink? Have you ever seen a moose in pink on ice? You will on Saturday night at the Scotiabank Centre as the Halifax Mooseheads host Pink in the Rink.
The Halifax Mooseheads host to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, all while sporting pink jerseys as a fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
All the teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League do some version of fund-raising for the organization, but the Halifax Mooseheads lead the way.
“We’ve received, from our generous support from hockey, over 340-thousand dollars, and the Mooseheads have raised a hundred thousand of that,” said Gillian Zinck of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
The Mooseheads won’t have the ice painted pink like they did in the early days of Pink In The Rink, but they will be wearing their popular team jerseys in pink for the eighth year in a row.
“Pink In The Rink is one our most popular and important games of the year. It’s our chance to raise some awareness for breast cancer and also to raise some funds for Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Atlantic region,” said Mooseheads VP of business operations, Brian Urquhart.
Fans can support the cause by purchasing raffle tickets on Mooseheads game-worn jerseys.
“Fans will purchase tickets, one for $5 or three for $10…and then we’ll raffle them off after we launder them of course,” Urquhart said. “The players will sign them and they’ll go to the fans and all of those proceeds will go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Atlantic region.”
Zinck notes volunteers will be at the Scotiabank Centre providing “lots of awareness, lots of information.”
“This is the month that’s typically known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” she said.
Funds raised will help research that is happening in Halifax.
“At Dalhousie University we have Dr. Chris Richardson, who has realized that cancer cells have measles receptors, so he’s doing research with the measles virus which he has found to kill cancer cells,” said Zinck.
If you’re not lucky enough to have your name drawn for a Mooseheads autographed jersey, you can purchase other products.
“We’re selling pink t-shirts in our Antlers store as well, with the proceeds going to the cause. And we have some corporate pink packs that we’ve been selling as well, which are group tickets, which many businesses have purchased to bring their staff to games,” Urquhart said.
Zinck says a lot of other teams, from Pee Wee to Junior ‘A’ are coming on board, raising funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, because everyone knows someone affected by breast cancer.
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