Saginaw Spirit players Brandon Prophet and Nick Moutrey color their hair pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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on October 24, 2013 at 7:35 PM, updated October 24, 2013 at 8:10 PM
SAGINAW, MI — Hockey players are used to have their appearance changed by the game.
A flailing stick can cause a scar or a bone-rattling hit knock lose a tooth.
But Saginaw Spirit players Brandon Prophet and Nick Moutrey saw their appearance change in an unexpected way Thursday, Oct. 24 at JR’s Haircuts for Men when the duo colored their hair pink for Saturday’s “Pink Out” game against the Barrie Colts to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Five players volunteered to take part in a fan vote that selected Prophet to color his hair pink for the game. Moutrey, who finished runner-up, came in second and volunteered to take part in the event, too.
“Being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it definitely feels good to support that in whatever way I can,” Prophet said. “Some friends and family (have been affected by it). I’ve had people who’ve gone through what it causes, so it’s had an effect on my life like most people.”
Saturday’s game is the 7th annual “Pink Out” game where the Spirit partner with St. Mary’s of Michigan to raise money for the latter’s Breast Care Fund, which provides mammograms and follow-up ultrasounds for uninsured and underinsured people who qualify.
“It’s one of our biggest specialty nights,” Spirit Vice President of Sales Kae Pankow said. “We’re very proud to be partnering with St. Mary’s of Michigan.”
Special fundraiser tickets can be purchased at the Saginaw Spirit Office at 5789 State St. in Saginaw or online at saginawspirit.net/groupsales with ID: pinkout and password: cure. For each $12 ticket, $5 is donated to the St. Mary’s of Michigan Breast Care Fund.
“We’ve raised between $7,000 and $8,000 just for the game,” said Tammy Weighman, Community Health & Event Specialist for St. Mary’s. “We also auction off Saginaw Spirit jerseys after the game, sell 50/50 tickets and pink beeds.”
Prior to the game, 42 survivors will be honored in an on-ice ceremony.
“It’s huge being a part of the community off the ice,” Moutrey said. “We do whatever we can to help.”
Cory Butzin covers sports for MLive/Saginaw News. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter.