IceHogs to Host "Pink in the Rink Night" - – Rockford’s News Leader

IceHogs to Host "Pink in the Rink Night"


Think pink this weekend as the Rockford IceHogs will host their 4th Annual "Pink In The Rink Night" on Saturday when they take on the Grand Rapids Griffins at the BMO Harris Bank Center at 7:05 p.m.

For tickets to the game, visit, call (815) 968-5222 or in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office or at any Ticketmaster location. There are limited number of tickets remaining for Saturday's game.

The ice at the BMO Harris Bank Center will be painted pink for the game and the IceHogs will wear special pink jerseys, which will be made available via blind silent auction, to help raise funds for breast cancer research.  Two of the jerseys will also be raffled off during the game and raffle tickets will be sold by the IceHogs' Ice Crew during the game for $5 per ticket or five tickets for $20.

The blind silent auction will open at 6 p.m. on Saturday and bids will be accepted until the end of the second period. Bids can be placed behind section 124 and the winners will be announced in the third period. Winning bids will have an opportunity to get their jersey autographed following the game and receive a pair of the game worn socks.

All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Mary Kay Foundation and American Cancer Society through the IceHogs Charitable Foundation.

Also on Saturday, the first 5,000 fans to the BMO Harris Bank Center will receive an IceHogs pink rally towel and pink neon glow bracelet courtesy of Dickerson & Nieman Realtors, Ferrellgas, Metropolitan Title Agency and Rasmussen College.

With help from the Rockford IceHogs Booster Club, the BMO Harris Bank Center will be decorated in pink.

Rockford takes on the Peoria Rivermen on Friday night to kick off the weekend at the BMO at 7:05 p.m. The game is an Illinois Lottery Cup showdown between the Midwest Division rivals.

For more information regarding the IceHogs Pink In The Rink game or any upcoming promotion, visit

The Chicago Blackhawks have assigned forwards Jimmy Hayes and Brandon Pirri and defenseman Ryan Stanton to the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs.

Hayes, 23, recorded 17 points (8G, 9A) and an AHL career-best +2 plus/minus rating in 37 regular-season games with the IceHogs. The Boston native shared fifth on the club with a career-high eight goals. Originally selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round (60th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Hayes notched nine points (5G, 4A) in 31 regular-season games with the Blackhawks last season in his NHL debut and tallied 15 penalty minutes in two 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals tilts.

Pirri, 21, ranked third on the club with 26 points (10G, 16A) in 38 regular-season games with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. The Toronto native paced the club with 103 shots on goal and ranked third on the team with 16 assists. The Blackhawks' second-round selection (59th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Pirri tallied two assists and a +2 plus/minus rating in five contests with Chicago during the 2011-12 regular season and paced the club with four goals and five points in four games during the 2011 preseason. Pirri has notched two assists and a +1 rating in six career NHL regular-season games.

Stanton, 23, registered nine assists and ranked second among club blueliners with a +7 plus/minus rating in 38 regular-season games with the IceHogs. The St. Albert, Alberta, native matched career highs in goals (3), assists (14) and points (17) with the IceHogs last year and was named the team's Top Defenseman for the 2011-12 season. Stanton's career-most 130 penalty minutes ranked second on the club, and the blueliner was the only IceHogs skater to appear in all 76 regular-season tilts. He has registered 44 career AHL points (6G, 38A) and 284 PIM in 188 regular-season games across parts of four seasons with Rockford.

Next Home Game: Friday, Jan. 18 vs. Peoria Rivermen. Beginning at 7:05 p.m. the IceHogs and Rivermen meet in an Illinois Lottery Cup Matchup and for the first time since Nov. 21 at the BMO Harris Bank Center. It marks the fourth of twelve meetings between the two foes on the campaign. Also on Friday, one lucky fan will win a pair of Blackhawks tickets for the team's home opener on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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