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(Photo) WHL Teams To Play Hockey Game On This Pink Sheet Of Ice Friday Night

(photo courtesy of Regina Leader-Post)

GAH! My rods and cones are all screwed up! Actually, the ice is really a pinkish hue, and it will be the surface which the Regina Pats and the Edmonton Ice Kings of the Western Hockey will play on Friday night as they do their part for Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the Pats’ Brandt Centre Arena.

Brandon Underwood, a bruising defenseman for the Pats, is excited to be part of something so meaningful. So much so, he has no problem playing on the pink ice nor sporting a jersey with pink trim. From the Regina Leader-Post (via Pro Hockey Talk):

“It’s the one day (it’s allowed),” Underwood said with a smile. “It’s a special event. A couple of my friends, their moms have breast cancer. It’s a really cool thing to do something for a good cause and raise a lot of money. All the guys are excited. It’s like dress-up time. You get the pink ice and guys are going to mess around with their gear and put pink stuff on it. I’ll try to think of something cool to do. It’s all for a good cause and the fans get excited. I think it’ll be a good game.”

In this day and age, it is impossible not to know at least one person who has been affected by the terrible disease, so it is a wonderful gesture indeed by the Regina Pats to put on such a charitable event. This is the seventh year the team has held a Breast Cancer Awareness Night and they have raised nearly $75,000 during that time through auctions and other fundraising efforts.

Pats vice president of business operations Cliff Mapes is extremely pleased with what the team has accomplished, even if a minor league hockey team in Regina, Saskatchewan can’t pull in the kind of dough bigger outfits such as the NFL and MLB raise:

“It’s not just about breast cancer,” he added. “There are a lot of people out there fighting this awful disease. It’s hard not to get emotional about it. I watch the NFL raise millions and Major League Baseball raise millions and I’m not discouraged at all because we’re not raising that much money. We’re just doing our part. That’s really what it’s about. It’s being part of the community and being part of the fight.”

There is absolutely nothing to be discouraged about, good sir, and everything of which to be proud. Kudos.

Pats just doing their part [Regina Leader-Post (via Pro Hockey Talk)]