Fayetteville-Manlius and Cicero-North Syracuse boy??s hockey squads may be rivals on the ice, but when it comes to the fight against breast cancer they are on the same team.
Fayetteville-Manlius hosted its second annual "Pink the Rink" game Thursday night at the Cicero Twin Rinks. The two schools, which are traditionally two of the best ice hockey programs in Central New York, came up with the idea to play the game last year as a way to honor a member of the hockey family who died from breast cancer.
The game is sponsored by the Carol Baldwin Foundation and all donations collected will go to help raise awareness about breast cancer.
Anthony Angello is a junior at F-M and he is one of the team's captains.
"It's absolutely a great feeling to know that you're raising money to help other people that are affected and know that you are making their lives better," Angello told CNYCentral's Alex Resila.
Nancy Chase, a teacher in the F-M school district and a member of the hockey team's booster club, lost her battle to breast cancer last year.
"We thought of what better way to honor her memory and to help the family get through this than to have a great hockey game in her honor and raise a lit of money for breast cancer," says Valerie Capriotti, a Booster Club Representative.
Last year the group raised eight thousand dollars and this year the early count is over five thousand. Cicero won the match with a final score of 4 to 2.