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Shaw Cancer Center fundraiser Pink in the Rink is Sunday, Oct. 11, in Eagle

Local teachers, clad in pink and geared up for the annual Pink in the Rink event in Eagle.

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What: Pink in the Rink.

When: 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11.

Where: Eagle Pool & Ice Rink, 1700 Bull Pasture Road, Eagle.

Cost: $2, all proceeds go to Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

More information: Call 970-328-5277.

EAGLE — Eagle’s hockey venue will take on a feminine hue Sunday when Pink in the Rink takes over the ice.

The event is both the start of the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District’s women’s recreational hockey league and a fundraiser for the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

Local teachers, clad in pink, will face off against hockey coaches and enthusiasts dressed as superheroes for an exhibition hockey game. The action gets underway at 4 p.m., and admission is $2. Following the game, there will be a free hockey clinic, with gear provided, for local women interested in checking out the sport.

Growing Program

“The women are so supportive in this league. It’s a great little community we have.”Sheryl StatenEagle area manager, WECMRD

For the past 10 years, WECMRD has run the local women’s rec league. Participation has been steadily climbing since its inception.

“We average five to six teams, and we have about 90 women play in our rec league,” said Sheryl Staten, WECMRD Eagle area manager. “There are also three women’s travel teams who play in this valley.”

For any local women interested in trying out hockey, but who are intimidated by the sport’s rough-and-tumble reputation, Staten said the Pink in the Rink clinic is a great time to see what the league is all about.

“We are a non-check league, and there is plenty of padding we wear,” she said.

But beyond the uniform specifications and the play rules, Staten said the real league character is found in the woman who play.

“The women are so supportive in this league,” she said. “It’s a great little community we have.”

Staten has experienced that community support personally. When she sustained an injury last year, her hockey league mates delivered meals to her family for six weeks.

Prospective Players

She noted that prospective players can rent their hockey gear for just $50 for the entire season. The league starts with a draft, and team members pair seasoned players with newbies.

To learn more about the program, contact the Eagle Ice Rink at 970-328-5277.