Hockey team in their pink the rink jerseys
The hockey team's Pink the Rink fundraiser raised $13,500 for local cancer survivors.


Raising rank and funds

The CMU hockey team is putting in work on and off the ice. The team is ranked sixth in the country in its division of almost 300 teams. As the team rises in national stature, it continues to nurture its community connections. Most recently, the team raised $13,500 to support cancer survivors during its Pink the Rink fundraiser.

The entire hockey team worked together under the leadership of Captain Chase Engdahl and Assistant Captain Antonio Falcon to sell t-shirts and raffle tickets for hot pink hockey jerseys and to collect items for a silent auction. The $13,500 raised will benefit the St. Mary’s Cancer Survivorship Program, a local program designed to meet the non-medical needs of people living with cancer.

Not only did the team exceed its fundraising goal of $12,000, but the Glacier Ice Arena was sold out the night of the event. Sold out means about 1,100 people were there — 300 more than at last year’s Pink the Rink.

“It was packed and amazing,” said Tim Winegard, head coach and history instructor. “We won the game 5 to 4 against Colorado Mines in overtime. As a hockey game goes, you couldn’t have scripted a more exciting game.”

This year, the team also hosted an event before the game at a local restaurant that featured three live bands, which added to the total amount raised. In two years, Pink the Rink has raised almost $25,000 to help local cancer survivors.

Pink the Rink is the brainchild of Engdahl and Falcon, said Winegard and, although they are both seniors this year, he is confident the fundraiser will continue for years to come. He and hopes future captains will take the lead.

The hockey team is presenting the $13,500 jumbo check to St. Mary’s representatives on Friday, Dec. 1 during the first intermission of its game, but the team's fundraising efforts don’t end there. The $5 admission will be waived at Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, games if fans donate a gently-used or new children’s winter coat.

Now in its fourth year, the hockey team’s annual kid’s winter coat drive is gaining momentum. In the first year, the drive brought in 78 coats — that number jumped to 417 last year. The coats will be distributed to Mesa County Valley School District 51 schools that have reached out with a need.

“I always say to my players, whether it’s in hockey or in life, you need to be a part of something that is bigger than yourself,” Winegard said. “That is how you have success as a sports team and in life itself.”

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