The East Boston High School hockey team and hockey players from Boston area schools faced off in January at Porrazzo Rink in East Boston in a two-day hockey tournament to raise money for the Boston Medical Center (BMC) Breast Cancer Research Center.
Last week, the hockey team presented BMC with a check for $1,500 that was raised during the 8th Annual Deep Freeze high school hockey tournament, sponsored by East Boston Savings Bank.
Founded by East Boston High School’s hockey coach, Robert Anthony, the tournament donates funds raised to the BMC Breast Cancer Research Center as a tribute to Anthony’s wife Jacki, who is a breast cancer survivor. To date the tournament has raised close to $30,000 for BMC Breast Cancer Research and the players were able to raise about $2,000 this year.
“Each year, with cancer survivors in the audience, players get a chance to see what they are playing for. It really gives them a sense that they are giving back,” said Anthony.
As in years past, cancer survivors at this year’s event attendance included Anthony’s wife, Jackie.
The yearly competition gets underway with the ceremonial dropping of the pink puck prior to the start of the first game. Special guests included Jacki Anthony, Dr. Chris Andreas and Dr. Barry Sneldon who represented the BMC Breast Cancer Research Center and EBSB President Debra Jackson.
Student athletes from East Boston High School wear pink hockey shirts in honor of loved ones both present and past who have been affected by breast cancer.