Jets to paint the rink pink

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

“Paint the Rink Pink” isn't simply a catchy slogan for the Janesville Jets' weekend campaign for breast cancer awareness.

The sheet of ice at the Janesville Ice Arena will literally be colored pink when the NAHL hockey team hosts the Michigan Warriors at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

It's the latest addition to the annual project, as the Jets once again team up with Mercy Health Systems to fight for a cause.

“We have been partnering with Mercy for many years now,” Jets Operations Manager Greg Hanthorn said in a press release. “And with the giveaways, pink ice, cheer team program and jersey auction, we wanted to take it to another level.”

It begins tonight with the Jets players waiting tables at Texas Roadhouse restaurant. A portion of sales will be donated to Mercy Cancer Center.

On Friday night, the first 200 fans in the rink will get a pink T-shirt, while the first 200 on Saturday receive pink “Refuse to Lose” bracelets. The team will also auction its specialty pink jerseys after Saturday's contest.

On the ice, the Jets (1-4-1) will be working to snap out of an early-season funk. They were swept by the Coulee Region Chill last weekend.

Michigan is 3-3 and split a home-and-home series with Port Huron last weekend.

It is Janesville's first game within the NAHL North division.

KNOW YOUR JETS--Janesville Jets' Michael Louria is averaging a point per game (two goals, four assists) through the first six games this season. Age: 19 Position: Center Hometown: Wexford, Penn.When did you first start playing hockey? “I first laced my skates up when I was 4 and started playing in games shortly after that.” What is your favorite hockey memory? “Reaching the finals in USA Nationals with both Shattuck St. Mary's (U-16) and with Allen Park Huskies (Bantam), as well as winning a state championship with Allen Park (Mich.).” Favorite NHL player: Pavel Datsyuk What should fans know about this year's Jets? “This year's Jets will be a highly competitive and fun team to watch. We will bring a high level of skill, as well as toughness, to the rink every day, and no one will outwork us.” Where do you see yourself in five years? “ At the end of my college hockey career and the beginning of pursuing my business career.”


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