On Oct. 20, the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks will wear all pink jerseys and socks during their game against the Beaverlodge Blades. The fashion statement is for breast cancer.
This is the first year that the Canucks will be hosting the Pink the Rink event. During the game, there will be a silent auction for every game worn jersey. At the end of the game a red carpet ceremony will be held for each jersey winner to pose with their corresponding player and receive their jersey. The money raised during the auction will go towards Canadian Breast Cancer awareness and research.
“There’s not a person in this world that has not been impacted by cancer, and we want people to embrace this opportunity to be involved and give back to the community,” said Kim Buchan, who is organizing the event and helped design the special pink jerseys. Buchan has only lived in the area for a year, but has been a part of these pink the rink events in other communities, and wanted to see one come to Dawson Creek. When she presented the Junior Canucks with the opportunity, the response was very supportive and they agreed to do it.
The team and Buchan hope to pack as many people into the rink as possible, so that this will be the first of many pink the rinks events they host going forward. Those that attend the game are encouraged to wear pink as well, and the rink will be decked out in balloons and decorations of the colour. Canucks general manager Colby Wagar said the team is excited about the opportunity to give back to the community, and raise awareness.
The puck drops at the Memorial Arena at 8pm.