B.U. women's hockey works with breast cancer charity

The Boston University women’s ice hockey team skated to a 3-1 win over the University of Connecticut Saturday afternoon, but it was the team’s efforts off the ice that made a lasting impression.


The Hockey East Association has partnered up with several charities benefiting Breast Cancer research, creating the Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer, a collaborative effort to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.  Saturday marked the third annual campaign and was marked not only by the pink ribbon patches on the players’ jerseys but also the pink and black striped referee uniforms. 


All eight of the Hockey East teams have contributed to the fundraising efforts, hosting sponsored charity walks, raffles, auctions and other special events.  The B.U. women’s team contributed the proceeds from the gate admissions, raffle tickets and a team autographed pink hockey stick.   


The Friends of Mel Foundation is one of the charities working with Hockey East.  Pauline Alighieri, a former flight attendant, started it after the death of her friend Mel Simmons.  Simmons was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2000 and succumbed to the disease in 2005.  The Friends of Mel Foundation contributes all their proceeds to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

Since its inception, the Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign has raised over $60,000.  


Robin Taylor, a breast cancer survivor, refs the B.U.-UConn women's ice hockey game Saturday wearing the special pink and black jerseys