Every year our team members donate time, energy and resources to help out local community organizations and charities. It’s a common practice amongst collegiate programs but I can’t imagine many do it with more energy and sincere enthusiasm than our current players. Honestly I’ve always been impressed by the manner in which our players interact with the community at large.
Monday was the annual Martin Luther King Holiday “Skate with the Wildcat” event at the Whittemore Center. Each year our men’s and women’s players invite local families to bring their children out and skate with their heroes. You will rarely see a more enthralled group of youngsters than those skating amongst our current Wildcat players
Thanks as always to Todd Smith for snapping dozens of great shots of your Lady Wildcats skating with local fans. The ladies were a big hit!
Thursday night as we square off against the Northeastern Huskies is our annual “Skating Strides” game where we celebrate the fight against Breast Cancer and strive to bring attention and support to this dreaded disease that strikes so many women. Thanks to the generosity of Tim Gilligan, father of netminder Jenn Gilligan, our Lady Cats will be sporting a lot of pink including a special ‘Breast Cancer’ Jersey.
Traditionally teams will raffle off these jerseys as a means to help raise funds for this worthwhile cause. Each Hockey East Women’s program participates in this annual event with on campus fund raising efforts, raffles and jersey sales. After speaking with current team members it was decided to offer each family the option of purchasing their daughter’s jersey for $200 which goes 100% to our team’s fund raising effort for this year. We already raffled off a pair of jersey’s during the course of a men’s contest versus Boston College. The team raised over $700 that evening.
It is the goal of our players and coaches this season to present the league with our programs largest charitable donation in the 7 year long association with this outstanding organization. To date the eight programs within Hockey East have contributed almost a quarter of a million dollars to this worth cause.
Following the contest with Northeastern this Thursday, we will offer each player the option of having them or their family purchase their jersey. Every player on this years roster will be given a jersey with their respective number. I want to stress that this purchase is up to each individual and their family. Jerseys that are not spoken for will be raffled off at future mens/women’s contests.
I want to thank each and every family for their continued support and hope to see you in attendance at one of our upcoming games as the team battles for the opportunity to host the first round of the Hockey East playoffs the first weekend in March. This is an exciting time of year for players, fans, parents and coaches. Onward!