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Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer

SKATING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER RETURNS IN 2018-19

Founded in 2006, Skating Strides serves as Hockey East's fundraising vehicle to bring awareness to breast cancer.

Skating Strides has contributed more than $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. The conference has partnered with the Ellie Fund for funds raised from Skating Strides events in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as of February 2018.

All 11 member schools, both men's and women's programs, will again participate in the 2018-19 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

2018-19 Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer Schedule
Day Date Time Home Team Opponent M/W
Saturday 20-Oct 3pm BC UVM Women
Saturday 3-Nov 3pm UVM UNH Women
Saturday 3-Nov 7pm UVM UConn Men
Saturday 17-Nov 2pm ME NU Women
Friday 14-Dec 7pm BU Dartmouth Men
Sunday 30-Dec 3pm BU Penn State Women
Saturday 5-Jan 2pm UNH BC Women
Saturday 5-Jan 7pm UNH Yale Men
Wednesday 16-Jan 7pm UConn RPI Men
Friday 18-Jan 3pm MC ME Women
Saturday 19-Jan 3pm UConn NU Women
Saturday 19-Jan 7pm UML UVM Men
Saturday 26-Jan 2pm NU UVM Women
Saturday 26-Jan 7pm NU PC Men
Sunday 27-Jan 1pm HC UNH Women
Saturday 2-Feb 2pm Providence UConn Women
Saturday 2-Feb 7pm Providence UVM Men
Friday 8-Feb 7pm UMass BU Men


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.