NYA Boys & Girls Ice Hockey Hosts Cancer Awareness Games

Yarmouth, Maine, February 14, 2024: The North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) Girls and Boys Ice Hockey Teams will host cancer awareness games this week at NYA’s Travis Roy Arena (495 US-1, Yarmouth, ME). Both teams will wear their purple and white cancer awareness jerseys to honor those fighting and ones we have lost to the disease. Hockey Fights Cancer is the American Cancer Society’s partnership with the NHL and the NHL Players Association. The program unites coaches, players, and the community in the fight against cancer. Since 1998, Hockey Fights Cancer has resulted in more than 29 million dollars raised to help fight cancer.

The girls play on Friday, February 16 vs. Kents Hill School. “Our annual Cancer Awareness Game is a special occasion for our program as many of our student-athletes are passionate about this cause,” said NYA Girls Varsity Hockey Coach Matt Poulin. “I am incredibly proud of how our players use the platform they have been given to promote a cause so close to home for many.”

The boys team takes on Portsmouth Abbey the following day, Saturday, February 17, with a 3:00 p.m. ceremony in remembrance of Ricky Fox P’24. His daughter Sloane O’Donnell Fox ‘24 and wife Cathleen O’Donnell P’24 will drop the ceremonial puck. Saturday’s game is also the Panther’s Senior Game. A ceremony recognizing twelve senior players, their families, and homestay families will commence prior to the cancer awareness honors.

“At NYA, we are all proud to participate and provide an assist in the Hockey Fights Cancer effort as we host our own weekend in support of this important initiative for cancer patients and their families,” said NYA Boys Varsity Hockey Coach Mike Warde. “Together with our student-athletes and the overall NYA community, we look to inspire hope and courage for those who are living with, going through, and surviving cancer.”

“Playing NYA and NEPSAC hockey is a privilege,” said NYA Athletic Director Kelsy Ross. “We’re proud to see our student-athletes use these platforms to bring awareness to cancer research, struggles, and successes. Supporting those impacted by cancer through the positive experiences interscholastic athletics provides is an important collaboration,” remarked Ross.

Donations can be made directly to the North Yarmouth Academy Hockey team page at: American Cancer Society (acsevents.org)