Hockey players don pink for 'Pink the Rink' breast cancer fundraiser

The Onondaga Nation Arena hosted the third-annual 'Pink the Rink' charity game on Friday night.

The event raises money for the Carol M. Baldwin Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. It is in memory of Nancy Chase, who passed away from breast cancer when her son, Scott, was a senior at Fayetteville-Manlius High School.

Four local teams - Oswego, CBA, Fayetteville-Manlius and Cicero-North Syracuse - played in the charity game, wearing pink shoelaces and playing with pink hockey sticks.

The number of teams in this year's fundraiser has doubled. Last year, only Fayetteville-Manlius and Cicero-North Syracuse participated.

"You're going out there for the win like you always are, but you're also going out there knowing that you're making a difference, and it's a feeling like nothing else," said F-M Senior Tyler Tracy.

In addition to ticket sales, organizers raise money by selling breast cancer t-shirts and raffling gift baskets donated by local businesses.

Chase's sister, Kathy Englert, has attended every 'Pink the Rink' game.

"It's really bittersweet," said Englert. "I mean, I love that everyone rallies and does this. She [Nancy] was amazing, and it would be so much more fun if we were just sitting at a regular game together watching it. But, you know, it's the best that we can do in this situation."

Valerie Capriotti spearheads the annual event in honor of her friend. "Nancy was an unbelievable person in our community," said Capriotti. "A pillar, a teacher, a friend, a neighbor, everything."

Organizers report approximately $9,000 has been raised so far from this year's event, but more money is still coming in.