They'll be plenty of pink brightening up in Totem One this Saturday afternoon for an important cause embraced by the U16AA Havoc hockey team.
"Pink in the Rink" is being held to raise funds and awareness for the battle against breast cancer during a game between the Havoc and Lethbridge Hurricanes that starts at 2:15 p.m.
It's also their home opener in Cochrane after playing their first game in Airdrie, their other home, last weekend after spending the first four games of the season on the road.
Marc Gelinas, vice-president of Cochrane Minor Hockey and a director with Airdrie-Cochrane Athletic Association, says an annual pink game has been held since the Havoc first skated in 2020. Other pink games have been organized by other local minor hockey teams.
"The arena will be decorated in pink, and the players will be gifting their mothers with their pink jerseys at the end of the game," he says.
"If you have pink wear it," he says. "Come support the Havoc and help raise money for breast cancer awareness."
This game particularly touches home for the Havoc. The mother of one of their players lost her battle with cancer in July and they're dedicating the game to her memory.
Gelinas says local businesses have been generous in supporting a silent auction being held during the event, and a wide variety of items are up for bid. Donations will also be accepted.
The Havoc has a large catchment area with players from Didbsurys, Beiseker, Airdrie, Canmore, and Cochrane. Six Cochrane players are on the team. It was originally organized as a U16AAA team before sweeping changes were made by Hockey Alberta.