Letter to the Editor

The Oswego State Men’s ACHA Division I hockey team would like to thank the Oswego community for its support during our second annual Pink the Rink weekend, which was held Oct. 25-27. We raised $1,003 for the Upstate Cancer Center, bringing our two-year donation total to $2,203.00.

We could not have done this without the help of others. A big thank you to our honored pink puck-droppers Greg Molfese, Christie Casciano from ABC News channel 9 and Mary Gosek.  We would also like to thank Bridge Street on channel 9 for promoting our weekend and WTOP at Oswego State for the live broadcast of our game on Sunday.  Special thanks to the staff of The Oswegonian for all of the great articles on our team and for the promotion of the Pink the Rink Weekend.

Thank you to the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena for the use of their rink for two of our games and to Tara, Ashley and Easton, all music majors at Oswego State, who sang our national anthem at the games. A big thank you goes to the Oswego State women’s figure skaters for their help on Sunday with the chuck-a-puck contests.

We would like to recognize our opponents for the weekend—Niagara University, St. Bonaventure University and Syracuse University—who also participated by pinking their sticks and skates. A special thank you goes to St. Bonaventure for its generous team donation to the Cancer Center, which they presented to us on Saturday.

We could not have done this without the support of our fans and, especially of our parents. They brought items to raffle off, spent countless hours at the rink setting up and selling tickets and provided help when we needed it. You are all the best.

As a team, we realize how lucky we are and we feel very fortunate that we are able to give back to our community in some small way.  Even though our pink jerseys and socks are being stored away until next season, we are already looking forward to next year when we hope to raise more funds to help this worthy cause.

Real men do wear pink.

 

-Jay Peacock, Head Coach

Greg Molfese, Justin Smith and Brian Young, Assistant Coaches

The Players of the Oswego State Men’s ACHA D1 Hockey Team