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 through- out 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 Har- ry 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 12 member schools, both men's and women's programs, will again participate in the 2016-17 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 will be publised here.

For more information, please contact Kathy Wynters at 781-245-2122, via email at

2016-17 Skating Strides Schedule
Date Day Time Away Home
20-Jan Friday 7pm Northeastern UConn
21-Jan Saturday 3pm UConn Northeastern
22-Jan Sunday 3pm Providence Boston University
28-Jan Saturday 2pm Northeastern UNH
29-Jan Sunday 2pm Providence Maine
3-Feb Friday 7pm UConn Boston College
5-Feb Sunday 2pm UConn Providence
12-Feb Sunday 2pm Providence Merrimack
17-Feb Friday 7pm Merrimack Vermont

Skating Strides 2016 Photos Galleries

Maine Women's Game - January 10

Northeastern Men's Game - January 15

Boston College Women's Game - January 16

Vermont Women's Game - January 17

UConn Women's Game - January 23

Providence Women's Game - January 24

Photos From Around The League

All proceeds from Skating Strides 2015-2016 to benefit the following breast cancer charities:
Friends of Mel
Gloria Gemma
Dempsey Center
Vermont Cancer Center
UConn Youth Clinic raises nearly $5,000 for Skating Strides! Hosted by the women's hockey team, over 100 kids age 6 -12 participated in this annual event on Martin Luther King Day. Everyone was in Pink!

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.