Etobicoke Dolphins host Pink the Rink tournament

Sports Oct 12, 2017 by Norm Nelson Etobicoke Guardian

The Etobicoke Dolphins boast some impressive numbers as they enjoy one of their most important weekends of the season – hosting their annual Pink the Rink hockey tournament Friday through Sunday.

It’s the organization’s 25th year, and their eighth year hosting the tournament – one of the biggest of the season in Toronto involving eight arenas, including tournament headquarters at the MasterCard Centre, 400 Kipling Ave.

As tournament director Andrew Yacynowych notes in the official program, more than 200 teams are expected to participate, bringing with them more than 4,000 players, coaches, trainers and managers.

And many of them will somehow employ something pink – perhaps the tape on their stick, their shoelaces, hockey socks, sweaters, face painting and more.

And all that will serve to highlight perhaps the tournament’s most impressive statistic.

“Last year, we raised over $10,000. We have raised over $75,000 for breast cancer since the tournament started,” stated Colleen Muise, Etobicoke Dolphins president, in the tournament program.

“During the course of the tournament we will be holding different events with all proceeds going to CBCSF (Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund).”

Participating teams and their supporters have many ways to show their support such as:

• the annual cupcake sale;

• basket raffle with the gift baskets donated by all host Etobicoke teams (draw takes place Saturday, 6 p.m., at MasterCard Centre);

• best ‘pinked out’ team contest with contest winners based on most Facebook likes;

• the ‘Perfect Pink Pumpkin Contest!’, with the players on the Toronto Furies of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) doing the judging based on uploaded photos.

Other festive off-ice happenings will include Toronto’s ’new’ all-pink fire truck and an all-pink cement truck from St Mary’s Cement outside the MasterCard Centre at various times – perfect for an original selfie.

Finally, the girls will be playing a lot of hockey, but they will also have an opportunity to watch some of the best hockey in the world.

As is traditional, both the Toronto Furies of the CWHL and the Etobicoke Dolphins franchise in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) – who both call the MasterCard Centre home – have home games.

For the Toronto Furies, led  by national team member and double Olympic gold medal winner Natalie Spooner, it’s their home and season opener with back-to-back games Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – both against the Markham Thunder. The CWHL is arguably the best women’s league in the world, stocked with national team players and – surprisingly – two expansion teams from China. Rounding out the league are teams from Montreal, Calgary and Boston.

The 20-team PWHL, meanwhile, is Ontario’s top junior league for women, and the Etobicoke Dolphins host Mississauga Chiefs at 1:15 p.m.

Pink the Rink kicks off Friday, 8 a.m. with opening day action at all eight arenas and concludes with the final championship game early Sunday evening.

Etobicoke Dolphins host Pink the Rink tournament

Grab selfies with pink fire and cement trucks outside MasterCard Centre

Sports Oct 12, 2017 by Norm Nelson Etobicoke Guardian

The Etobicoke Dolphins boast some impressive numbers as they enjoy one of their most important weekends of the season – hosting their annual Pink the Rink hockey tournament Friday through Sunday.

It’s the organization’s 25th year, and their eighth year hosting the tournament – one of the biggest of the season in Toronto involving eight arenas, including tournament headquarters at the MasterCard Centre, 400 Kipling Ave.

As tournament director Andrew Yacynowych notes in the official program, more than 200 teams are expected to participate, bringing with them more than 4,000 players, coaches, trainers and managers.

And many of them will somehow employ something pink – perhaps the tape on their stick, their shoelaces, hockey socks, sweaters, face painting and more.

And all that will serve to highlight perhaps the tournament’s most impressive statistic.

“Last year, we raised over $10,000. We have raised over $75,000 for breast cancer since the tournament started,” stated Colleen Muise, Etobicoke Dolphins president, in the tournament program.

“During the course of the tournament we will be holding different events with all proceeds going to CBCSF (Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund).”

Participating teams and their supporters have many ways to show their support such as:

• the annual cupcake sale;

• basket raffle with the gift baskets donated by all host Etobicoke teams (draw takes place Saturday, 6 p.m., at MasterCard Centre);

• best ‘pinked out’ team contest with contest winners based on most Facebook likes;

• the ‘Perfect Pink Pumpkin Contest!’, with the players on the Toronto Furies of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) doing the judging based on uploaded photos.

Other festive off-ice happenings will include Toronto’s ’new’ all-pink fire truck and an all-pink cement truck from St Mary’s Cement outside the MasterCard Centre at various times – perfect for an original selfie.

Finally, the girls will be playing a lot of hockey, but they will also have an opportunity to watch some of the best hockey in the world.

As is traditional, both the Toronto Furies of the CWHL and the Etobicoke Dolphins franchise in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) – who both call the MasterCard Centre home – have home games.

For the Toronto Furies, led  by national team member and double Olympic gold medal winner Natalie Spooner, it’s their home and season opener with back-to-back games Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – both against the Markham Thunder. The CWHL is arguably the best women’s league in the world, stocked with national team players and – surprisingly – two expansion teams from China. Rounding out the league are teams from Montreal, Calgary and Boston.

The 20-team PWHL, meanwhile, is Ontario’s top junior league for women, and the Etobicoke Dolphins host Mississauga Chiefs at 1:15 p.m.

Pink the Rink kicks off Friday, 8 a.m. with opening day action at all eight arenas and concludes with the final championship game early Sunday evening.

Etobicoke Dolphins host Pink the Rink tournament

Grab selfies with pink fire and cement trucks outside MasterCard Centre

Sports Oct 12, 2017 by Norm Nelson Etobicoke Guardian

The Etobicoke Dolphins boast some impressive numbers as they enjoy one of their most important weekends of the season – hosting their annual Pink the Rink hockey tournament Friday through Sunday.

It’s the organization’s 25th year, and their eighth year hosting the tournament – one of the biggest of the season in Toronto involving eight arenas, including tournament headquarters at the MasterCard Centre, 400 Kipling Ave.

As tournament director Andrew Yacynowych notes in the official program, more than 200 teams are expected to participate, bringing with them more than 4,000 players, coaches, trainers and managers.

And many of them will somehow employ something pink – perhaps the tape on their stick, their shoelaces, hockey socks, sweaters, face painting and more.

And all that will serve to highlight perhaps the tournament’s most impressive statistic.

“Last year, we raised over $10,000. We have raised over $75,000 for breast cancer since the tournament started,” stated Colleen Muise, Etobicoke Dolphins president, in the tournament program.

“During the course of the tournament we will be holding different events with all proceeds going to CBCSF (Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund).”

Participating teams and their supporters have many ways to show their support such as:

• the annual cupcake sale;

• basket raffle with the gift baskets donated by all host Etobicoke teams (draw takes place Saturday, 6 p.m., at MasterCard Centre);

• best ‘pinked out’ team contest with contest winners based on most Facebook likes;

• the ‘Perfect Pink Pumpkin Contest!’, with the players on the Toronto Furies of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) doing the judging based on uploaded photos.

Other festive off-ice happenings will include Toronto’s ’new’ all-pink fire truck and an all-pink cement truck from St Mary’s Cement outside the MasterCard Centre at various times – perfect for an original selfie.

Finally, the girls will be playing a lot of hockey, but they will also have an opportunity to watch some of the best hockey in the world.

As is traditional, both the Toronto Furies of the CWHL and the Etobicoke Dolphins franchise in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) – who both call the MasterCard Centre home – have home games.

For the Toronto Furies, led  by national team member and double Olympic gold medal winner Natalie Spooner, it’s their home and season opener with back-to-back games Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – both against the Markham Thunder. The CWHL is arguably the best women’s league in the world, stocked with national team players and – surprisingly – two expansion teams from China. Rounding out the league are teams from Montreal, Calgary and Boston.

The 20-team PWHL, meanwhile, is Ontario’s top junior league for women, and the Etobicoke Dolphins host Mississauga Chiefs at 1:15 p.m.

Pink the Rink kicks off Friday, 8 a.m. with opening day action at all eight arenas and concludes with the final championship game early Sunday evening.