This Saturday is Les Canadiennes' Pink in the Rink game, benefiting the Cedars Breast Clinic. The team has raised more than $50,000 over the last five years, and continue to support the fight against breast cancer.
Last week, several members of Les Canadiennes roster visited the new Cedars Breast Clinic, which has moved to the Glen Site of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC).
"We all have family members that we've known, or friends, or people that we know well that have gone through this, who have had cancer, and who have had to go to the hospital here," said defender Carly Hill. "I think if we can help them out somehow, it's worth it, right?"
The clinic, which treats 25,000 patients each year, offers kinesiology, psycho-oncology, lymphedema therapy, and exercise programs to women with breast cancer.
"Knowing that this kind of support is out there, that's probably the biggest thing," said forward Leslie Oles. "It's really incredible to see and experience. I'm glad that I got the opportunity today to come."
Les Canadiennes will wear special pink jerseys in the first period of Saturday afternoon's game against the Calgary Inferno, and then put them up for bid in a silent auction. The auction will also include Olympic memorabilia, autographed jerseys, and more.
In addition, 60 per cent of the proceeds from Saturday's game will be donated to the Wellness Initiative of the Cedars Breast Clinic at the MUHC.
"I am incredibly proud of the generosity of our players who, even when we struggled to meet the most basic of financial goals ourselves and they were still incurring considerable cost just to play their sport, spearheaded this initiative to raise money for others," said Canadiennes community outreach director Fiona Robinson. "I think it epitomizes the values and character that our organization is built on."
Tickets for Saturday's game (which also happens to be a battle for first place in the CWHL against the first place Calgary Inferno) can be purchased online here, as well as at the door for $15. Doors open at 4:30, puck drop is set for 5:30 PM.