Stockton’s Heat Hockey Fights Cancer game this past Saturday was an outstanding night for our team and community. On the ice during the 1-0 victory, the Heat wore lavender-trimmed cancer jerseys that were auctioned off to raise awareness and funds for finding a cure for all forms of cancer!
The Heat faithful showed up in full-force on Saturday night with 7,008 fans in attendance, the most at a Stockton Hockey Cancer game since November 3, 2012. Thank you to all fans for not only supporting the team, but also for creating a raucous environment for our team to play in. The atmosphere was noticed by the players and coaching staff.
“Our crowd was excellent tonight,” Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska said following Saturday’s 1-0 win. “This is what makes this building a special building to play in. We have great fans and I thought they were really engaged in the game, making it is really easy for the guys to feed off the energy they had tonight.”
Game-presentation on Saturday night was centered around recognizing and supporting cancer survivors and those who continue to fight the deadly disease. All those impacted by cancer were recognized during our pregame ceremony with fans displaying “I Fight For” Cards as a way for those to continue to share their story.
Our ceremonial puck dropper, Carolyn Lopez is a 23-year cancer survivor and received a warm ovation before the game. Saturday’s Pioneer of the Game presented by Sutter Health was Janice Colombini, an 8-year cancer survivor who is an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
It wasn’t the only terrific community achievement by Heat fans this weekend as fans collected 118 coats and blankets on Friday night for the Coat and Blanket Drive that saw the Heat partner with United Way of San Joaquin County, Stockton Record, Ace Train, Stockton Fire, St. Mary’s Dining Room and SMG Stockton Arena to help those in our community in need of warm coats and blankets this winter.