Skip To Main Content

Saints Hockey Teams Join the Fight Against Cancer

Saints Hockey Teams Join the Fight Against Cancer

Our Boy’s and Girls’ Varsity Hockey teams had a much larger goal in mind when they took the ice on February 15—raising awareness and vital funds for cancer patients and their families.

The teams participated in Hockey Fights Cancer, a charitable initiative founded in 1998 by the National Hockey League (NHL) and its Players’ Association. As the NHL website says, “Together, the hockey family looks to inspire hope and courage for those who are living with, going through, and moving past cancer.”

That is just what our Saints accomplished with this important on-campus series of activities planned around the two games. The event was spearheaded by players Riley McPhee ’23 and Nathan Ruzzi ’24 (who designed special team jerseys for the big day) with plenty of help from teammates, parents, and faculty. Donations were collected during lunch, at both varsity games, and online; a bake sale with treats prepared by hockey parents was set up just outside the rink; raffles and a “Chuck a Puck” contest were held; and the entire hilltop community wore purple on game day in support.

Amid all of the amazing activities and on-ice action tied to the event, the importance of what they were doing was not lost on the participants. “It was awesome being part of something greater than myself, than my team, than even the School,” Riley said. “It was so meaningful for me and my teammates to play for people who mean a lot to us—those we have lost or who are still battling cancer.”

When all was said and done, more than $2,700 was raised! All proceeds went directly to the American Cancer Society to assist with lodging and transportation to and from appointments for cancer patients and family members as well as vital programs in support of those affected by cancer.

Thank you, Saints family, for joining in this essential fight!