'Pink at the Rink' tonight at Amsoil Arena
Skate laces and hockey stick tape won't be the only things adorned in pink tonight at Amsoil Arena.
Coaches will be dressed in pink as well as part of a "Pink at the Rink" high school girls hockey doubleheader.
Grand Rapids-Greenway faces Proctor-Hermantown at 6 p.m., followed by the Duluth Northern Stars' game against Cloquet-Esko-Carlton in the first girls' doubleheader at the year-old Division I college hockey arena.
The night is dedicated to show support for breast cancer awareness.
"The overriding theme is this is for a good cause," Proctor-Hermantown coach Glen Gilderman said.
Gilderman's Mirage (4-13-1) participated a year ago in a girls-boys doubleheader, losing 2-1 to Duluth, and they are hoping to snap a six-game losing streak during which they have scored just five goals. The Lightning (10-7-2) lost both of their games over the weekend.
The Northern Stars (7-12-1) have struggled at times as well, including in a 5-0 loss to the Lumberjacks (8-9-1) earlier this season.
But there's more at stake than just jump-starting teams heading into next month's playoffs.
"Any time we can give an opportunity that puts a positive spin on the girls' and the women's game is phenomenal," Duluth coach Shawna Davidson said. "To be able to showcase your skills at that venue, it's great exposure for the girls' game."
Students wearing pink will be admitted free, while adults are encouraged to dress in pink to show support for breast cancer awareness. Adult ticket prices are $6 and tickets for students not wearing pink are $4, with all net proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
"We have three goals for this event," organizer Stan Karich said. "First, we wanted to make this a meaningful event for the high school teams and the players; No. 2, we wanted to raise money for the American Cancer Society; and three, we wanted to try to set a regular-season attendance record for the state of Minnesota."
Karich is unsure what that attendance figure is, but he hopes the event draws in the 1,500 to 2,000 range for the 6,726-seat arena.
"Maybe it'll be an event where a person who hasn't seen girls hockey will say, 'Hey, let's go,' " Davidson said. "They get to see four quality teams that are rivals."
And they get to see coaches wear a color most have not worn before.
"Everyone has been affected somehow, some way, by some form by cancer," Davidson said. "I'm all for it."