After earning a first-round bye for their performance in the regular season, the Jamestown Ironmen will be hitting the ice on Friday to prove themselves in the playoffs, and raise money for a worthy cause while they're at it.
The game, which marks the franchise's first-ever playoff game at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, will be held in conjunction with LINKS Charity as the Ironmen once again host "Pink the Rink" to honor the courage of those who have battled breast cancer, promote good breast health and enhance local breast cancer care at WCA Hospital. The game will mark the beginning of a five-game series that will determine which team advances to the next round of the playoffs.
"This will be a historic day for the Jamestown Ironmen as NAHL playoff hockey comes to the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena," says Dan Daikawa, coach of the Ironmen. "We are so excited to not only be competing in the playoffs, but to also be supporting WCA Hospital which has a great cancer care program. We hope everyone comes out to support us in this important cause."
Pictured from left are: Ryan Doucet, Jamestown Ironmen left wing; Brittany Mason, Jamestown Savings Bank Arena; Dan Daikawa, Jamestown Ironmen head coach; Linda Johnson,
breast cancer survivor; Crystal Schwab, WCA Hospital mammographer; and Luc Gerdes, Jamestown Ironmen right wing.
Staff from WCA Hospital will be joined by the Jamestown Area Breast Cancer Support Group and the Chautauqua County Cancer Services Program to provide education and promote good breast health.
"I applaud LINKS Charity and the Jamestown Ironmen's commitment to local breast cancer care," says Linda Johnson, WCA Hospital employee and breast cancer survivor. "I trust that we will not only raise some money, but also remind ladies how important it is to schedule their annual mammogram. Bring your family and friends for some great hockey action, and wear pink."
According to Kurt Silcott, Jamestown Savings Bank Arena CEO, the arena has been involved with two previous "Pink the Rink" events which were both very successful.
"We're hoping to build on the success that we've had in the past and draw more people to the Ironmen game, as well," said Silcott. "We're pretty excited - hopefully a lot of people will come out to support LINKS Charity and get involved with the raffles, too. We even had some tickets donated by the Buffalo Sabres to use as prizes. We're hopeful that (Pink the Rink) will turn into a big money generator eventually, but it's more about the partnership with WCA and LINKS, and breast cancer awareness. Even if we don't raise a lot of money, we want to open a lot of eyes. If it gets even a single person to get a checkup, then I think it's been a success.
The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena is currently selling $1 pink tribute links to grow the LINKS Tribute Chain which is now draped around the ice rink. This chain was carried by walkers during the LINKS Pink Walk in October at the Chautauqua Mall in tribute to all those who have bravely battled breast cancer.
John David Salon professionals will be available in the arena lobby donating their services by offering pink nails, pink feathers, pink extensions and massages. Their donation, along with all of the event proceeds, including $2 from the purchase of each "Pink the Rink" ticket, a basket auction and 50/50 drawing, will benefit LINKS Charity and local breast cancer care at WCA Hospital. For tickets, please call 484-2624, stop by the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena or visit www.jamestownarena.com, and use the code "PINK" when purchasing your ticket.