The North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Team will don a new look this Friday, December 6, to honor those in their lives and community touched by cancer. When the Panthers take the ice against Bridgton Academy at 4:50 p.m. in NYA’s Travis Roy Ice Arena (495 Rt. 1 Yarmouth, Maine), they will sport new jerseys inspired by the NHL‘s Hockey Fights Cancer program. Senior Andrew Anagnostopoulos (Quebec, Canada) created the cancer awareness game in remembrance of family. “Cancer is an extremely touchy subject that hits home for me,” said Anagnostopoulos. “Both my grandparents passed away last year from long-lasting battles with cancer, and I currently have an aunt who is battling through cancer as well. I also know that I am not the only one who has lost loved ones to cancer. I wanted to be able to help and raise money in any way I can. Even if it is the slightest change, it’s better than no change at all in my eyes!”
Anagnostopoulos enlisted the help of teammate and student executive council president, Mason Parks. “Andrew came to me with the idea to do a Hockey Fights Cancer night, and I was 100% on board,” said Parks. “I know cancer has greatly affected his family and many others in and outside of the NYA community, which is why this has been a positive experience for me to help lead this effort. I have helped to create special uniforms and am excited to proudly wear them Friday night. We are very thankful for the help of Chris Kelley, Play It Again Sports, and a very generous donor who has supported these efforts. Our thoughts and prayers are with anyone who has been affected by cancer in any way, and when we come together on Friday night, we will fight hard for those who have lost their lives and those that continue to battle for theirs every day.”
Legendary former NYA Boys Varsity Soccer Coach and esophageal cancer survivor, Martyn Keen will drop the ceremonial first puck at 4:50 p.m.
A donation box will be located near the entrance of the rink for those who wish to contribute to cancer fighting organizatons.
North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to students in grade twelve with an enrollment of over 360 students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.