The Oahe Capitals will host a Pink the Rink event at their home game on Saturday, January 7 when they face the Rushmore Thunder at 5:15 p.m. at the ExpoCenter.
The event will honor those affected by cancer and funds raised at the game will support cancer treatment and research.
“I wanted to do something special for our senior year,” said senior defenseman Chase Bolte, who is spearheading the event. “Doing a pink event related to cancer means a lot to me because my mom is a survivor.”
The Capitals will be in pink jerseys made especially for the event. The game referees will be in special pink stripes and are donating their fees to the cancer benefit. The Emerald Regiment from Riggs High School will also perform at the game.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink or other cancer cause related clothing to the game and to participate in unique fundraising activities, including: personalizing stickers to go on the glass boards; a “chuck a puck” contest in the second intermission; commemorative mini hockey sticks; and auctioning the seniors’ pink jerseys.
Funds raised will be donated to the Helmsley Center challenge for construction of the new oncology unit at Avera St. Mary’s hospital, and to Sanford Health’s Edith Sanford Breast Center.
“We’re really proud that the players have taken a leadership role in planning and promoting the event,” said Oahe Hockey Association president Nathan Sanderson. “Their hearts are in the right place.”