Men's and women's ice hockey holding weekend fundraisers, fan bus offered

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's and women's ice hockey teams will hold fundraisers this weekend to help raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's and cancer research. Fan buses will be provided for Saint Michael's community members when the men play Saint Anselm College on Friday at 7 p.m. and the women host the University of Southern Maine on Saturday at 1 p.m., both at Cairns Arena in South Burlington.

Men's ice hockey will host an Alzheimer's Awareness Game on Friday, with a handful of events taking place during the evening. Representatives from the Alzheimer's Association, Vermont Chapter will be on hand to inform the public about the disease, while nine-year-old Lilly Truchon will sell hot cider and hot chocolate at Lilly's Lemonade Stand, with all proceeds going toward the Alzheimer's Association. Fans are also encouraged to wear purple to show not only their support for the Purple Knights, but for the Alzheimer's Association's cause.

Players from Chittenden South Burlington (CSB) Youth Hockey will also hit the ice, with the CSB Cross Mites playing during the first intermission, and the U12 girls' team playing during the second intermission.

Friday marks a continued collaboration between the Purple Knights and the Alzheimer's Association, Vermont Chapter, as the squad has volunteered for the last two years at the Vermont Walk to End Alzheimer's, the organization's largest event to raise funds and awareness for the fight against Alzheimer's.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5.4 million Americans currently live with an Alzheimer's diagnosis; more than 11,000 Vermonters have Alzheimer's or a related dementia, and nearly 30,000 Vermonters serve as caregivers to someone with dementia. The organization provides care and support, programs and services, and is the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research. For more information, visit, or contact Joany Simonds in the local office at To reach the 24/7 Helpline, call (800) 272-3900.

Women's ice hockey will not only host a Pink The Rink event on Saturday, but is holding a bake sale to raise money for the American Cancer Society on Thursday and Friday in the Alliot Student Center lobby from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Saturday, the Purple Knights will don pink jerseys and laces to show their support for those afflicted by cancer, while gift baskets with prizes such as movie tickets, maple syrup and chocolates will be raffled off. Proceeds from the bake sales, raffles and of pink T-shirt sales will go toward the American Cancer Society.

The fan buses for this weekend's games will run on the following schedules, with pick-up and drop-off at the Saint Michael's Tennis Courts: 6:15 and 6:45 p.m. on Friday, and 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. on Saturday. The bus will make two runs back to campus following each game.