The Illinois West High School League season is well underway. With 27 teams in the 2016-17 season, the league is playing in area rinks every week. Click HERE to check out our website for all the information including schedules and standings. Stop by a local rink and see the game of your choice.
At Illinois West, many teams perform community service and fundraising events. Most recently, Glenbard Hockey hosted a “Pink (and Orange) at the Rink” fundraiser to benefit Breast Cancer and Pediatric Brain Cancer research.
Glenbard Hockey Gives Back
By Jen Schmidt
Glenbard Hockey has hosted an annual charitable fundraiser for several years during the month of October to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research, calling the event “Pink at the Rink.”
For the last three years, the club has also raised money for the Ross K. MacNeill Foundation (R33M). This Foundation is dedicated to fighting pediatric brain cancer in the memory of 11-year-old Ross MacNeill.
Ross was a devoted hockey player (#33) at Center Ice of DuPage with the Admirals Hockey Club and a Chicago Blackhawks fan that lived his life with joy, strength, courage and selflessness. He died of a malignant brain tumor in 2013.
Since Ross and his family are near and dear to the hearts of many in the Glenbard Hockey Family, the club changed the name of the fundraiser to “Pink (and Orange) at the Rink” as orange was Ross’ favorite color. The players continue to wear the club’s supply of Pink Jerseys on the ice, but off the ice, the theme is orange.
Club families make donations of baked goods, raffle prizes and even Blackhawks tickets that everyone in attendance can enjoy and have a chance to win. There is also an opportunity to split the pot in the Chuck-A-Puck contest during both the JV and Varsity games.
This year Glenbard Hockey was proud to donate just over $1600 to the Ross K. MacNeill Foundation.