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Kodiaks get pink on the ice

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The River East Kodiaks are shown in the pink jerseys they wore during a 4-2 win over the Dakota Lancers at Gateway Recreation Centre on Oct. 29.
Back row: Austin Smith, Tristan Beach-Ducharme, Evan Loeb, Dale Mounk, and Chase Beach-Ducharme. Middle row: Darren Wong (assistant coach), Chris Zajac (assistant coach), Josh Martineau, Steven Paulley, Holden Bard, Brady Valiquette, Jackson Dartnell, Jonathan Corbett, Scott Zieba (assistant coach), and Ben Zajac (head coach). Front row: Myles Piche, Craig Caine, Tyler Hall, Nolan Wisniewski, Matt Allen, Mike Dzioba, Easton Brasko, and Randy Quick.

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The River East Kodiaks are shown in the pink jerseys they wore during a 4-2 win over the Dakota Lancers at Gateway Recreation Centre on Oct. 29. Back row: Austin Smith, Tristan Beach-Ducharme, Evan Loeb, Dale Mounk, and Chase Beach-Ducharme. Middle row: Darren Wong (assistant coach), Chris Zajac (assistant coach), Josh Martineau, Steven Paulley, Holden Bard, Brady Valiquette, Jackson Dartnell, Jonathan Corbett, Scott Zieba (assistant coach), and Ben Zajac (head coach). Front row: Myles Piche, Craig Caine, Tyler Hall, Nolan Wisniewski, Matt Allen, Mike Dzioba, Easton Brasko, and Randy Quick. Photo Store

Being Halloween, it wasn’t uncommon to see people dressed unusually in late October.
But the River East Kodiaks boys’ hockey team did it for a cause.

The Kodiaks donned pink jerseys for their Oct. 29 game against the Dakota Lancers — a match they won 4-2 to improve to 4-2-0 early in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League season. Players sold pink shoelaces and took donations at school on Monday and Tuesday, while parent boosters continued the effort at the game.

In all, $302.70 was raised to donate to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The team was slated to make a cheque presentation to the organization at its Nov. 1 practice.
Kodiaks coach Ben Zajac said the plan was hatched about a week before the regularly-scheduled game, but everything came together quickly.

"When we decided to do this, I called up our jersey guy, he made us up some pink jerseys, and got us some pink socks, some matching socks in honour of the occasion, and it worked out well," Zajac said. "I contacted the opposition, Dakota, so that they wouldn’t be overwhelmed by all of this, so they knew it was coming. Some of their kids wore pink shirts and ties to the game before they put on their jerseys."

Zajac said he noticed a few more fans in the stands as a result of the fundraiser.

In the game, Matt Allen, Mike Dzioba, Chase Beach-Ducharme, and Nolan Wisniewski all scored for the Kodiaks, who trailed undefeated St. Paul’s (5-0) for top spot in the Platinum Promotions Division.

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