The Peterborough Petes’ Pink in the Rink game was held on Saturday night (April 9) at the Peterborough Memorial Centre, with the campaign raising $76,952.18 for cancer research.
The 13th annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, played before a season-high crowd of 3,228 fans, also saw the Petes clinch their spot in the playoffs with a 5-1 win over the Niagara IceDogs.
Petes players wore special Pink in the Rink fundraising sweaters, which were sold in a post-game live jersey auction, with forward Tucker Robertson’s game-worn jersey selling for $3,610.
Other fundraising efforts at the game included a chuck-a-ball, a silent auction, and a bucket pass, along with t-shirt sales and an online fundraiser.
Petes alumnus Doug Gibson and Global sports anchor Meaghan Roy, who were co-chairs were this year’s campaign, raising a combined total of $13,425,28.
Pink in the Rink is the top fundraising event in the Ontario Hockey League. With this year’s proceeds, Pink in the Rink has raised almost $900,000 for cancer research since 2010.