"Pink in the Rink" hits close to home for the Grizzlies

Garrett Short
Created: January 31, 2020 11:06 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Rochester Grizzlies host their second annual "Pink in the Rink" game Saturday night, offering a special way for players to honor their loved ones.

“Almost anybody you talk to is going to be affected by cancer.  So we want people to know that we’re doing this for the community and we’re doing this because it is so important," Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations Matt Winthrop said.


The proceeds from Saturday's game will go to Mayo Clinic. For the Grizzlies, they feel honored to help in the fight against cancer.

“I know it’s affected my life and a lot of other guys lives on the team, so I feel like it’s a little extra special going out there and playing for those people that we’ve connected with over the years and had lost," forward Paul Hofbauer said.

The team says it's special to do their part by playing a sport that they bonded with their loved ones over.

“My grandpa used to come to a lot of my games and stuff and cheer me on. So he was a big supporter. Losing him was tough, not seeing him up there in the stands," Hofbauer said.

"Her and my grandpa would come to my games in youth and some in high school. That was always pretty special to have them there because they couldn’t come out to a lot," forward Peyton Hart said.

The Grizzlies play the North Iowa Bulls Saturday, with the game set to start at 7 p.m.

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