The SRJC Polar Bears held their annual Hockey Fights Cancer Cancer Night on October 24 when the team hosted the UC Davis Aggies. The month of October highlights Hockey Fights Cancer, a sport-wide initiative to raise awareness and funds for such a devastating disease.
Polar Bear players were seen wearing pink ribbon decals on their helmets, sporting pink hockey tape on their sticks and custom pink equipment.
Fans were treated to a display of pink and purple lights as the players walked from the locker room to the bench. Polar Bear off-ice staff were seen wearing commemorative SRJC Hockey fights cancer T-shirts, pink dress shirts, pink ties and even pink pants.
The SRJC Hockey Team was honored to have former Polar Bear goaltender David Wattson drop the ceremonial first puck of the game. David’s mom Sharon lost the battle to breast cancer in 2010. Sharon was a diehard hockey fan and never missed a Polar Bear home game. She had a big warm heart and loved all of David’s teammates like they were her own kids.
In addition to the extended exposure for cancer awareness, The SRJC Polar Bears donated 50% of the gameday profit to the American Cancer Society to help fund breast cancer research.
“Without our fans, our community and our sponsors, this event would not be the outstanding success that it is” said Director of Public Relations, Jacob Fitzpatrick. “We thank each fan, sponsor and partner for joining us in support of this special event.”