In just their third year the CMU Hockey team’s enthusiasm on the ice and the crowds packing into the Glacier Ice Arena to see the team has grown. This year, the team's captains are focusing on giving back to the community, organizing a 'pink the rink' event to raise money for local survivors of cancer.
“I think we surprised the school and a lot of people with how quickly this program has grown, not only in fan support, but also in the talent level we have here,” said CMU Hockey Coach Tim Winegard. One of those talents is the team’s Co-Captain Chase Engdahl. Chase's passion for play, is matched with a heart of gold off the ice. “There's two sides to Chase and a lot of hockey players,” says Coach Winegard . “Off the ice, they're big teddy bears, and as soon as you know we put on our helmet and our skates, we're like Jekyll and Hyde.”
Chase’s coach says he's a leader off the ice, organizing game nights and ways to keep his teammates focused, “Or team looks to him to give our team that spark when they need it. The boys respect him. I respect him.”
The forward is taking on a new endeavor this season, organizing a fundraiser for patients who've been diagnosed with cancer. Pink the Rink is a breast cancer awareness game.
On October 27, 20146 when the team hits the ice, all the money raised to go cancer patients, to help with non-medical expenses. The team is selling shirts and jerseys, and participated, while wearing pink, in last weekend's homecoming parade to raise awareness and funds. The game starts at 7 p.m.
All proceeds go to the St. Mary’s Survivorship Program. Glacier Ice Arena will be decked out in pink and they're bringing in extra bleachers for the huge crowd they're expecting.
The team’s pink jerseys will be raffled off and there are other specials and donation opportunities on site that night.