The Royals battled Portland Winterhawks for the Pink in The Rink event on Feb. 24, 2019 in support of the B.C. Cancer Foundation. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Royals gear up for 9th annual Pink in the Rink game

The popular event raises money for the BC Cancer Foundation

For the ninth year in a row the Victoria Royals hosts a fundraising campaign for the BC Cancer Foundation (BCCF).

Pink in the Rink is one of the team’s most popular events, says general manager Cameron Hope, and this year the Royals will face off against the Kelowna Rockets.

“The community loves this event, we sell out every year,” Hope said. “It’s a great way to engage with the community and have everyone raise awareness.”

Each year tens of thousands of dollars are raised through ticket sales, 50/50 draws, silent auctions and more.

This year the game will begin with a ceremonial puck drop with player Will Warm’s mother, Wendi Warm – who is a breast cancer survivor – dropping the puck alongside Dr. Brad Nelson of the BCCF.

ALSO READ: Victoria Royals tech night brings Super Smash Bros tournament and free beer

A portion of ticket sales will go to the fundraiser, but fans can also purchase placards by donation to help show their support. They can also text HOPE to 30333 to make a $5 donation to the BCCF.

The players will be wearing special Pink in the Rink jerseys which will be auctioned off through a post-game live auction, an in-game silent auction and an online auction. Auctions begin online on Friday, Feb. 21 and wrap up on March 2 at 6 p.m.

“We will wash the jerseys before we give them to the winners,” Hope said with a laugh.

During the intermission, major sponsor Peninsula Co-op, hosts a cancer shootout. A cancer survivor will shoot 10 pucks at an empty net with each puck worth a $25 donation to the BCCF, also earning themselves a $25 gas card for each goal scored.

ALSO READ: Victoria Royals beat Prince George Cougars for third consecutive win

Several hundred tickets have been held and will go on sale in the 48 hours before the game, with all of them expected to sell.

“You can really feel the buzz in this game, and it’s not because it’s big but because it’s meaningful,” Hope said. “That’s what sticks out for me, there’s so much energy and it’s all positive.”

The game runs on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena beginning at 7 p.m.

To learn more or to purchase tickets visit victoriaroyals.com.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Victoria Royals

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Struggling to afford rent, Sylvia Bailey is hoping to trade her love of cooking for some more affordable accommodation. (Photo courtesy of Sylvia Bailey)
Retired Victoria woman looking to cook, clean or garden in exchange for rent

Sylvia Bailey is hoping to use her love for cooking to help afford rent

Victoria police are searching for a suspect after a stabbing Monday night. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria police searching for suspect in late-night stabbing

Victim taken to hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries

Panthers’ Captain Tanner Wort faces Tory McClintick of the Victoria Cougars during Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action Friday night at Panorama Recreation Centre. The Panthers lost 3-0, then lost 7-2 Sunday. (Gordon Lee/Submitted)
Peninsula Panthers’ losing streak reaches four games as injuries mount

Injuries have especially hurt the team’s backline with only four defenders available

The drive-through COVID-19 testing facility at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)
Island Health opens COVID-19 testing site at UVic

As with all other sites, an appointment is needed to receive a test

Thousands filled Centennial Square in June for the peace rally for Black lives, sparked by outrage over the death of George Floyd in the U.S. (Black Press Media file photo)
Survey seeks input on racism in Greater Victoria

Confidential answers to inform work with immigrants and marginalized people

Carolyn and Steve Touhey came across a pod of humpback whales while on their boat Sunday, Oct. 25. Photo supplied
VIDEO: Boaters encounter pod of humpbacks in Georgia Strait

Pod spotted between Comox and Texada Island

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the COVID pandemic during a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau says pandemic ‘really sucks,’ and that Christmas gatherings are up in the air

The prime minister encouraged residents to continue to follow the advice of local health authorities

The Williams Lake Indian Band is stipulating no-go zones for mushroom picking in areas burned by last summer’s wildfires. 100 Mile Free Press photo
Who controls mushroom harvesting on Indigenous lands?

‘We don’t necessarily know where the mushrooms grow, how old the stands need to be, those types of things.’

Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada/USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke
U.S. election results one factor that could impact immigration to Canada next year

The survey polled 1,523 Canadians between Oct. 23 and Oct. 25

The voting station mimicked a real voting station in Nicole Choi’s classroom at Chilliwack middle school on Oct. 22, 2020, where students had to show their ID (student cards), be checked off a list, and mark a secret ballot behind a screen. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
B.C. students choose NDP majority in mock election

More than 90,000 youth took part in school-based election process

Crew transport bus at the Trans Mountain pipeline project work site in Burnaby, March 2020. (Trans Mountain)
Check your workplace COVID-19 safety plans, Dr. Henry urges

Masks in public spaces, distance in lunchrooms for winter

B.C.’s Court of Appeal is in Vancouver. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Judgment reserved in Surrey Six slayings appeals

Six men were killed in suite 1505 of the Balmoral Tower in Whalley on Oct. 19, 2007

Kelowna City Hall has been vandalized overnight. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Kelowna City Hall hit by anti-pandemic vandalism

Graffiti condemning the virus appears overnight on City Hall

FILE – A woman smokes a marijuana joint at a “Wake and Bake” legalized marijuana event in Toronto on October 17, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Home nurse visits could play big role in reducing cannabis use, smoking in young mothers

The program, dubbed the BC Healthy Connections Project, involves public health nursing home visits

Most Read