Monday, October 19, 2009

Whalers gearing up for Pink Out! game

When the Plymouth Whalers take on the Belleville Bulls this Saturday at Compuware Arena at 7:05pm, they’ll be playing for more than two points in the competitive Western Conference standings.

Saturday is the Whalers annual Pink Out! for Breast Cancer and the team will playing to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, with a couple of notable changes in the way they normally look.

The Whalers will be playing in pink jerseys designed specifically for the event. The game-worn jerseys will be available for fans to bid on during an auction at the game until the start of the third period. The proceeds from the jersey auction, along with the 50/50 raffle and Hines Park Chuck-a-Puck, will also go to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. In addition, the Whalers will be sporting pink hair, courtesy of Lucky Hair Company in Canton, and fans will have a chance to get pink hair of their own or massages at the game for a donation.

The entire Whalers team will be having their hair dyed pink in two shifts on Wednesday at 10am and 5pm.

By dyeing their hair on Wednesday, the Whalers will be wearing pink hair at high school the rest of the week and then play Friday on the road in Kitchener against the Rangers the night before the Pink Out!

“We did the same thing last year,” said Plymouth defenseman Leo Jenner. “Doing this a couple of days before raises awareness. People get to see you out in public and it raises questions. We can tell the public why we’re doing it and support the cause at the same time. (In the end) that’s what it’s all about.”

Contributing sponsors to the Whalers Pink Out! include Meijer and Stautzenberger Institute, located in Livonia, and Lucky Hair Company.

Last season's first-ever Whalers Pink Out! drew an unprecedented response from the media and fans alike.

Photo - Plymouth forward Tyler Seguin models the team's pink jersey

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