Girls will rule the rink this weekend, as the third annual Pink the Rink tournament in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes over 14 Etobicoke Lakeshore arenas – including the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.
Presented by The Etobicoke Dolphins Girls Hockey League, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary season, the Pink the Rink III tournament boasts its biggest ever attendance roster this year – with 150 all-female teams (that’s more than 2,500 players) from across Ontario and beyond participating, said tournament director Ned Italiano.
“We have a lot of teams coming from far away: 10 from Sudbury, some from Sault Ste. Marie and North Bay, 15 from the Ottawa area, and a handful from the U.S.,” he said of the Oct. 19 to 21 tournament. “It’s going to be a celebration of female hockey.”
Adding to the celebrations will be a series of “pink” fundraisers, including a pink puck toss, visits from a pink moose and pink pig, and a pink cement truck. All participants will also be encouraged to wear pink, and all proceeds raised will go towards Breast Cancer Awareness.
“It should be a fun, festive weekend in support of a good cause,” Italiano said. “We’re kicking the boys out for the weekend.”
All participating teams from novice (age 7) to midget (age 17) will be guaranteed four games, guaranteeing spectators with plenty of hockey watching opportunities, despite the lockout.
“There’s no NHL hockey, so come on out and support a good cause and see some good hockey in the process,” Italiano urged Etobians. “Come out and support female hockey.”
For more information, go to www.sportacularevent.com/events/31
– Cynthia Reason