Major League Baseball had it's pink bats last Mother's Day. Game-used hockey stick collectors get their crack at some one-of-a-kind items next weekend when eBay gets involved in a major auction for charity.
Hockey stick manufacturers are again creating pink sticks for use in a special weekend promotion aimed at fighting cancer. The special game-used sticks will be auctioned off on eBay with proceeds benefitting breast cancer research.
Last year's Tribute to Hockey Moms raised over $150,000. TPS - along with other stick manufacturers - will once again be painting the rink pink March 16, 17 and 18. NHL players will use special edition pink sticks featuring the pink ribbon - the internationally recognized symbol in the fight against breast cancer in practices, pre-game warm-ups and games throughout the weekend. Autographed pink sticks will be auctioned off on eBay from March 17 until April 4.
"Losing my mom to breast cancer was the hardest thing," says Mike Comrie
of the Ottawa Senators. "Over the years I've scored what I thought were big
goals, but to score a goal last year using the pink stick for my Mom will
always be the greatest for me." Dwayne Roloson of the Edmonton Oilers adds,
"My Mom is like the goal post, I'm always using her for support. She and the
rest of the moms of any sport deserve to be recognized."
The limited edition hockey sticks will be autographed by NHL players and
auctioned on eBay through the "TPS Tribute to Hockey Moms Pink Stick Auction."
More details are available in the pink stick section of tpshockey.com.
Funds raised will support breast cancer research through the NHL/NHLPA's
Hockey Fights Cancer program and its Canadian charity partner, the Canadian
Wayne Gretzky, coach and owner of the Phoenix Coyotes adds: "I couldn't
believe the reaction from last year with all players jumping on board, but
then I realized NHL players never forget where they came from or how they got
there. My mother would have been very proud."
"We are extremely pleased to the have the support of the NHLPA, NHL, and
the Canadian Cancer Society for the 2nd Annual Tribute Weekend," says TPS
Chairman Paul Walker. "It is our honor to help in any way we can, and show
how a little pink can go a long way."