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Comets Pink-Out the Rink For Breast Cancer Awareness

If you're headed to the AUD Friday night to cheer on the Comets you'll notice a change of costume and a whole lot of pink. Friday night is the Comets' first ever "Pink the Rink" night, a special game to raise awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer.
If you're headed to the AUD Friday night to cheer on the Comets you'll notice a change of costume and a whole lot of pink. Friday night is the Comets' first ever "Pink the Rink" night, a special game to raise awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer.
Crews were hard at work Friday afternoon with all of the pink preparations, but a few of the players did some prepping of their own, with a pair of clippers.
The AUD was buzzing, literally. Two of the comets volunteered their heads for a shaving to support breast cancer awareness. Their hair dresser had no experience on the clippers but she's no stranger to hair loss.
"A week after my first chemo treatment I just put my hand through my hair and it fell out in a big clump just like theirs came off," said Leslie Leone.
Leone is a breast cancer survivor. Her battle began in 2008. Five years later, after undergoing a double mastectomy, chemo and radiation therapy, she's cancer free. She says she was happy to volunteer her shaving services Friday.
"Whenever there's an opportunity to show support for women who fight this battle, I’m always a part of it," says Leone.
For David Marshall, his new Mohawk haircut is in honor of his grandfather who he lost to cancer.
"He had to obviously shave his hair off and I tried to shave my head but he wouldn't let me because he said he would make me look bad being you know, two bald guys next to each other so kind of went to the Mohawk for him," says Marshall.
Not everyone is shaving their head to show support but every single seat in the AUD will be filled and fans will be waving pink towels to show support for the fight against breast cancer and the Syracuse Crunch.
"4,000 pink rally towels are going to be handed out to every fan that walks in, we're encouraging fans to wear pink, there's pink merchandise at the store available and we want to make the AUD as pink as possible," said Mark Caswell Jr., Director of Communications for the Comets.
The players will also be pink-ed out in special edition jerseys and after the game, up for auction they'll go. All proceeds will benefit the breast care center at Faxton St. Luke's.
"It's very important for us to go out and give back to the community, I think I might be bringing home the number one prize there for most expensive jersey though,” said Comets player Darren Archibald.
The Comets are also giving out pink carnations to the first one thousand female fans. The puck drops at 7:00 and the Comets take on the Syracuse Crunch. The game is sold out.

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