On Saturday the SJU Hawks hosted the Georgetown Hoyas in an important ACCHL divisional battle. Georgetown prevailed 5-1 but the game marked the First Annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night for the Saint Joseph's University Hawks.
The Hawks partnered with SJU's Relay for Life Organization for a cancer awareness event and fundraiser. There were Tee Shirts for sale, a 50-50 and donations were encouraged as opposed to a paid admission into the game. The team organized student buses from campus and promoted the event around campus. With that there were over 300 fans, that easily was highest attended game of the year. All told, almost $4,000 was raised to help battle cancer and support the families going through this disease.
The highlights of the evening were a ceremonial puck drop and the live acapella version of the National Anthem. Ron Vidovich a SJU Ice Hockey Alumni from 1986 who is presently battling cancer handled ceremonial puck drop with Captains Rob Churchhill (Georgetown) and Griffin Pierce (SJU). After that the City Belles, a SJU acapella group sang the Anthem.
This was a excellent event and both the team and Relay for Life plan on making this an annual event. Congratulations to the Hoyas on a tremendous win to remain alive for a playoff berth, and to the Hawks for a phenomenal win in the ongoing battle to defeat cancer!