10/15/2013 3:40 PM
2013 Pink in the Rink Jersey
Pirates prepare for Pink in the Rink
When the Pirates face off against the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday night, they won't be wearing their traditional red and black colors.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the team will wear special pink jerseys as part of their annual "Pink in the Rink" game, sponsored by Central Maine Medical Center.
This is the seventh annual Pink in the Rink night the team will host and the second straight year it will be held at the Colisée. Last season, the Pirates defeated the Binghamton Senators 4-2 on Pink in the Rink night.
The Pirates will be the first team in the AHL this season to host a Breast Cancer Awareness night this season and the players are looking forward to the game.
"It's really special because it's people, their lives have been changed so much," said Pirates captain Jordan Szwarz. "To show our appreciation towards them is the least we can do."
"It is for a good cause so we enjoy it," said assistant captain Andy Miele. "We hope there's a great turnout for the crowd and it will be a fun night."
The night will begin with the team honoring breast cancer survivors, care takers and their families during pre game and continue throughout the night. The team will also be raffling off a team signed pink jersey will all proceeds going to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
"You are celebrating something there for people that are going through a tough time," Szwarz said. "We really like showing our appreciation towards what those people have done and what they have been through so it is really nice to have a night like that."
The Pirates will be looking for their first win of the season, as they have dropped their first two games at home to Manchester and Providence. While the team has been able to take some positives from their defeats, their focus has been on correcting their mistakes that have seemingly cost them games.
"I think what we have taken the last two games are we have been a little sloppy," Szwarz said. "We had a couple of mental lapses against Providence there and the puck wound up in the back of our net."
And with the night being dedicated to breast cancer awareness, the team obviously wants to send the home town fans away with a win.
"It definitely feels good to win the games when you have got something like the breast cancer night," Miele said. "You feel like you're not just doing it for yourself but you are doing it for the millions of people that are suffering for it."
The Pirates will have to play a cleaner game on Saturday as the Wolf Pack come into Lewiston with a 3-0-0-1 record, tied for first in the Eastern Conference.
Game time between the Pirates and Wolf Pack is set for 7 p.m. Saturday night. A special "Pink Pack" is available that comes with four best available seats and a commemorative Pirates "Pink in the Rink" T-shirt. Five dollars from every pink pack will go to support breast cancer research in Maine through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer . Pink Packs can be ordered here.
To purchase tickets, visit the Androscoggin Bank Colisee website at thecolisee.com or call (207) 783-2009 ext. 525.