Outdoor game has winning formula for teams, charity
When the North Hills Indians and Moon Area Tigers varsity ice hockey clubs take the ice on Jan. 25 at the North Park Ice Rink, they will be playing for more than the No. 1 spot in their division.
As part of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Outdoor, or PIHL, Charity Series, all of the game proceeds will go to the Pittsburgh chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a foundation that raises money for research on breast cancer and to spread awareness about the disease.
PIHL officials were inspired to have charity hockey games after the Pittsburgh Penguins played in the Winter Classic to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund about five years ago, said Ed Sam of Greensburg, PIHL commissioner.
The league has four charity hockey games each season and has raised about $150,000 altogether since the charity series began, Sam said.
“We'll keep it at four games,” Sam said. “We want to make sure that it has meaning, and if we do too many games, it will lose its meaning.”
In addition to the juvenile diabetes organization and Susan G. Komen, other games are played during the season to benefit the Hillman Cancer Center and the PIHL Paul Sciullo II Memorial Scholarship, Sam said.
All proceeds from ticket and official game T-shirt sales for the North Hills-Moon Area game will go to the Komen foundation.
Shirts can be preordered for the game at a cost of $12 and are gray shirts with the charity game logo and a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness, said Mike Yeomens, 41, of Ross Township, a board member of the North Hills hockey club.
The T-shirts will cost $15 at the game. Ticket/T-shirt combo packages are available.
“Anyone who is a hockey fan should come out to support a good cause,” Yeomans said. “These games raise the profile of high school hockey.”
The players will use pink tape on their hockey sticks to represent the Komen foundation and have to prepare somewhat differently for a game held outdoors, said Brandon Dudt-Mulzet, head coach of the North Hills Senior High School varsity hockey team.
“The being-outside element is the biggest adjustment because of the cold,” said Dudt-Mulzet, 29, of Ross. “It will be new and exciting for a lot of the kids, and that definitely makes it worth it.”
The game also is a “pretty big deal” because the two teams are tied for first place in Section I of PIHL AA hockey, Dudt-Mulzet said. This is the first time the two teams will play each other this season, and North Hills wants to avenge last year's loss to Moon Area in that Outdoor Charity Series game.
“I think it's going to be really competitive, but there's also a lot of mutual respect between the teams,” Dudt-Mulzet said. “It's always going to be a good game.”
Melanie Donahoo is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- North Allegheny grad nets scholarships at national competition
- Hampton's Route 8, Duncan Avenue turning lanes face delay
- Hampton’s part-time officer earns full-time promotion
- Flea, Vendor and Crafter Market in McCandless to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Reading at Northern Tier Regional Library could lead to prizes
- Shaler Area approves budget with tax increase
- Pine-Richland High to host summer camp focused on robotic basics
- 3 honeybee hives placed on Mt. Alvernia campus in Millvale to help pollinate garden
- Hampton teen gets chance to earn wings
- Short staff, equipment concerns Shaler girls track coach
- Guests share thoughts on faith during feast at Richland mosque