Over 60 youth skaters attended a youth clinic and open skate conducted by the Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey program on Monday, April 4. The proceeds from the clinic were donated to aid in cancer research. Quinnipiac men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold and several student-athletes conducted the clinic and then skated with the youth players and their friends and families afterwards. The event is part of Quinnipiac's Positive Play initiative, a program implemented by Quinnipiac Athletics to encourage community involvement by Quinnipiac's student-athletes.
Over the last three years, Pecknold has coordinated several fundraising activities on behalf of Quinnipiac, including the "Blades & Skates" event in 2008 to benefit St. Baldrick's children's cancer research. The event, through efforts by Pecknold and Quinnipiac men's ice hockey's student-athletes, helped to raise over $27,000 for children's cancer research. In recent years, the Bobcats have also donated funds to benefit Autism Speaks.