Pink the Rink Raises Funds and Fun

It was a busy weekend for students and faculty on campus. With the Men’s ECAC Ice Hockey Championships, Lake Placid was a happening spot. The ECACs were fun for students, but college hockey was overshadowed by an important Northwood event, Pink The Rink. This event is a 3-on-3 hockey tournament in which teams compete in  competitive, recreational, and youth divisions.

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While Pink The Rink is a fun event, it is for a charitable cause. In addition to entry fees, a bake sale, a silent auction and T-shirts being sold to raise money for cancer research, something much bigger than the game of hockey. As a community, it was great to see a lot of people out and supporting such a great cause.

In the competitive division, Des Moines seemed to be the favorite, but Lights Out had a talented squad. The most underrated team of the tournament was the coaches, which consisted of 3 teachers- Jeff Nemec, Dave Vitale, and Jeff Silengo. Des Moines beat Sioux City in the semi-finals with a last second goal. In the other semi-final, there was controversy. The coaches believed that they earned a victory over Lights out, but Lights Out rejected that notion. They played an OT and Lights Out won. Lights Out went on to beat Des Moines in the finals. The other two teams in the competitive division were Tutto Bene and the Non-Americans.

In the recreational division, there was a lot of fun. The most surprising team out of all was the FIS Boys, a group of ski racers. It was great to see them on the ice enjoying their time and getting a break from the mountain. The most dominant team in the division was the Cavemen, who made their own custom T-Shirts. They won the championship, defeating Senioritis. The other two teams in the recreational division were The Rockets and Shake-N-Bake.

The Youth Division didn’t have a tournament, but kids were able to come on the ice and scrimmage against each other.

Event organizers, who include students Olivia Skriloff ’18, Morgan Broderick ’19, and Sara Donatello ’18 and faculty advisors Ms. Aerie Treska and Mr. Jeff Nemec report that Pink the Rink generated over $2,000 for the American Cancer Society, which funds and conducts research, shares expert information, supports patients, and spreads the word about cancer prevention.

All in all, it was an awesome day for the Northwood Community. It was a great time for an even better cause. We hope all the teams and spectators enjoyed their time in the ‘32 rink and were able to get some tasty baked goods. See everyone next year!

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