LEWISTON, Maine — The Portland Pirates, American Hockey League affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, held their seventh annual Pink in the Rink event, presented by Central Maine Medical Center, on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston against the Hartford Wolf Pack.
The event raised $2,500 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and breast cancer survivors, fighters, caretakers and their families were honored prior to the game. The Pirates wore special Pink Jerseys for the game for the seventh straight year, and the second straight year in Lewiston/Auburn.
Prior to the game, breast cancer survivors were honored in an on-ice ceremony. Carlene Sperry of Auburn, Kelly Ripley of Belmont, Kay Langlin of Turner, Sue Levasseur of Lewiston, Karen Albert of New Gloucester, Dottie Timberlake of Topsham, Kathy Stevens of Brunswick, Tia Adams of Bath, Monique Sullivan of Auburn, Robin Goodwin of Westbrook, Rayleen Lima of Oxford, Linda Knowles of Harpswell, Jane Audette of Auburn, Michelle Abbott of Oxford, Kim Turner of Livermore, Dina Ingraham of Biddeford, Jean Libbey of Auburn, Sheila Barnies of Lewiston, Alan Stone of Raymond, and Darlene Molboski of Bath (left to right in photo) were each presented with flowers by the Pirates players prior to the ceremonial puck drop.
Pirates Captain Jordan Szwarz and Wolf Pack Captain Aaron Johnson helped with the ceremonial puck drop before the start of the game. Dr. Nicholette Erickson, a medical oncologist and director of the Central Maine Medical Center’s comprehensive cancer program, and Dr. Courtney Jensen, a radiation oncologist and medical director of radiation oncology at Central Maine Medical Center joined survivors Darlene Molboski and Carlene Sperry to a loud ovation from Pirates fans at the Colisee.
“We’re grateful for the support that the Lewiston/Auburn community has shown for the Pink in the Rink event over the last two seasons,” said Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek. “Central Maine Medical Center and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer are two great organizations and we’re glad that we can host this event to raise awareness and funding in the hopes that they help find a cure for breast cancer.”
“Breast cancer survivors are such a courageous group of people, and it has been an honor to help coordinate this event for the past 7 years” said Rita Renaud, RN of Mid Coast Hospital. “We raised over $2,500 this year for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and The American Cancer Society, and will donate it specifically for the fight against breast cancer.”
The Pirates have raised more than $5,500 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society during the last two Pink in the Rink events, which have both been held at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Jerseys from this year’s Pink in the Rink night will be auctioned off at a later date.
The Pirates’ next theme night will take place on November 8th when they host the Worcester Sharks for Military Appreciation Night. The Pirates will honor veterans and active duty military personnel throughout the game and wear special military themed jerseys that will be revealed on the Pirates social media at a later date. Military Packs are available with a portion of the proceeds going to the Wounded Heroes Program of Maine and can be purchased here.