September 30, 2009

Men's Ice Hockey To Host Fundraiser For Autism Speaks

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will host a fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 4 for the charitable organization, Autism Speaks. Following the Bobcats exhibition game against Prince Edward Island University at 4 p.m., youth ice hockey groups will be hit the ice at the TD Bank Sports Center to play a series of cross-ice games with Quinnipiac's men's ice hockey players.

"This is a cause that is very dear to my heart," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "Our softball game against the Hamden Police Benevolent Association was a great event. This is a great cause and Quinnipiac men's ice hockey is happy to help."

Earlier this month, Quinnipiac played a charity softball game against the Hamden Police Benevolent Association at Hamden High School. Proceeds from that game - that featured a donation for admission and a raffle featuring several exclusive items - will be donated to Autism Speaks. All of Quinnipiac's men's ice hockey players, coaches and support personnel, as well as the youth players schedule to play that day have been raising funds to benefit the cause. Approximately 120 youth ice hockey players are expected to attend the event to skate with Quinnipiac's 30 men's ice hockey players.

Last season, Pecknold coordinated a "Blades & Shaves" event to benefit St. Baldrick's. The entire men's ice hockey team, including coaches and support personnel, raised over $30,000 to benefit children's cancer research. Following their annual Blue & Gold scrimmage, the Bobcats all shaved their heads in support of the cause.

Bobcat fans interested in tickets for the exhibition game, or youth groups interested in participating, should contact the TD Bank Ticket Office at 203-582-3905. Fans should also check the official website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.quinnipiacbobcats.com for season schedules and ticket information.

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