Even in junior hockey, moms play a huge role in the careers of their sons and daughters.
At yesterday's first-ever Pink in the Rink game, the Gens gave their game-worn jerseys to their moms in a brief ceremony following a barn-burner against the Coaldale Copperheads.
Mom Stacey Maddigan said it was an honour to receive the jersey, and for her son to be part of the club.
"Everybody is touched by cancer at some point in their life, so it's definitely a good cause to support. I'm proud to wear one of these. I was quite excited about it."
"I love this team," she says. "Everything they do in the community with the boys has just been phenomenal, and my son's just been enjoying it, too."
Her son rookie goaltender Isaias Maddigan has won seven of his 10 starts and is carrying a 0.906 save percentage.
The night before in Strathmore, he received a deep gash and couldn't finish, but was awarded the 'W'.
Gens assistant captain Jordan Butz says he was proud to see the Gens introduce the game and hopes it becomes a club tradition.
"Being involved in cancer awareness like that and showing support for all those people and our moms is a great thing to do. It was an awesome night."
The Coaldale Copperheads won the tight-checking, physical game that went to a shootout.
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