Vail Breakaways host Pink In The Rink event Sunday game at Dobson
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What: Pink In The Rink: Vail Breakaways women’s hockey and benefit for Pink Vail
When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Dobson Arena, Vail
Cost: Free, and they’re asking for donations
Information: The Breakaways play the Fort Collins Comets and are chasing their fourth state title in six years.
VAIL — Members of the Vail Breakaways, the local women’s hockey team, are so committed to cancer research that they’ll sell you the shirt right off their backs.
The Breakaways on Sunday evening are hosting Pink in the Rink, part of this month’s Pink Vail breast cancer awareness events.
“Some of our players have been helped by the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, and they want to give back a little,” said Suzanne Johnson with the Breakaways.
The Breakaways would host Pink in the Rink on Pink Vail day, March 25, but they’ll be skating toward another state championship — their fourth in six years — if the stars align and their shots find the back of the net.
Alice Plain is the Breakaways’ coach. She’s a former player and a golf professional in Vail, and has led the team to three state championships in the last five years. She has her own hero story of setbacks and conquest. Almost 10 years to the day after Plain was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she packed her ski gear and headed to Europe for a ski mountaineering hut trip tour in the Alps. So take it from the team, the Breakaways know how good it feels to hoist a championship trophy because they know how it feels to be unable to do so.
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The Breakaways roster boasts lots of highly skilled collegiate players: Michigan State University, University of Colorado, Bowdoin, Plymouth State University, Princeton … the list is long and impressive.
Their youngest player is 22. Their oldest is older than 50. It’s impolite to ask just how far beyond.
The Vail Breakaways have been playing in Vail since 1977 — 40 years of women’s hockey.
This year they have three legacy players, young women in their 20s whose moms also played for the Breakaways:
• Kelly Davis-McCracken — Mom, Deb Davis.
• Tasha Wyatt — Mom, Kris Wyatt.
• Maddie Stevens — Mom, Nancy Stevens.
“I’ve had the pleasure of playing with both moms and daughters,” Johnson said.
The shirt off her back
And that leads us back to Sunday’s Pink in the Rink.
Admission to Vail’s Dobson Ice Arena is free, but they’re asking for donations. They’re auctioning all kinds of great stuff, you can bid on a date with a hockey player, sponsored by Magusto’s in Minturn. You can buy a team member’s game jersey.
“The shirt right off her back … but after the game, they focus on the task at hand,” Johnson said.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and email@example.com.