Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer

Founded in 2006, Skating Strides serves as Hockey East's fundraising vehicle to bring awareness to breast cancer. Entering its 11th season of existence, Skating Strides has contributed nearly $400,000 to breast cancer organizations throughout New England through the Friends of Mel Foundation, including the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Maine, the Gloria Gemma Foundation in Rhode Island, the Vermont Cancer Center, Necessities Bag and the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center in Connecticut, the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer, the Ellie Fund and the Art of Living Life Beyond Cancer Conference in Massachusetts.

Hockey East's Skating Strides program was honored in May 2016 by Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center at the one hundred, a fundraising and awareness initiative that honors those that have displayed a commitment to fighting cancer.

Skating Strides has also given the student-athletes the opportunity to give back to the communities in which they study and play hockey. Through the efforts of the Hockey East association and its memeber schools, charitable donations have been made by Skating Strides to several New England organizations, including the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Lewiston, Maine; the Gloria Gemma Foundation in Providence, Rhode Island; the Vermont Cancer Center in Burlington, Vermont, and two Massachusetts organizations: the Friends of Mel Foundation and the Ellie Fund.

All 11 member schools, both men's and women's programs, will again participate in the 2017-18 Skating Strides campaign. With special nights coming to each campus this season, fans will have an opportunity to see their favorite team play for Hockey East supremacy while also contributing to a cause greater than itself. A full schedule of Skating Strides game nights can be found listed below.

For more information, please contact Kathy Wynters at 781-245-2122, via email at kwynters@hockeyeastonline.com

2017-18 Skating Strides Schedule
Date   Away   Home   Time
Oct. 7   New Hampshire   Merrimack   4pm
Oct. 27 *   Boston College   Providence   7:15pm
Oct. 28   Northeastern   Providence   2pm
Oct. 28   Maine   New Hampshire  2pm
Oct. 29   Maine   Boston College   2pm
Jan. 12 *   Maine   Northeastern   7pm
Jan. 13   Boston College   Northeastern   2pm
Jan. 13 *   Merrimack   Boston University   7pm
Jan. 20   Merrimack   Maine   2pm
Jan. 21   Boston University   UConn   2pm
Jan. 26 *   Boston College   UMass Lowell   7:15pm
Jan. 27   Merrimack   Boston University   3pm
Feb. 3 *    Providence    Vermont    7:05pm
Feb. 4   Merrimack   Vermont   1pm
TBD*   TBD   UConn   TBD
*men's game


All proceeds from Skating Strides to benefit the following breast cancer charities:
Friends of Mel
Gloria Gemma
Dempsey Center
Vermont Cancer Center
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Kathy Wynters and Hockey East's Skating Strides program were honored in May 2016 by Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center at the one hundred, a fundraising and awareness initiative that honors those that have displayed a commitment to fighting cancer

Dempsey
The Maine women's team had the opportunity to meet "Dr. McDreamy", Patrick Dempsey, star of TV's "Grey's Anatomy". A Lewiston, Maine native, Dempsey opened the Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, in honor of his mom who is a cancer survivor. Through the Friends of Mel Foundation, a donation of over $8,000 was made to the Dempsey Center in 2013 from that seasons' Skating Strides event in Orono, keeping the money raised in Maine, in the state.