The East Boston High School hockey team and hockey players from Boston area schools faced off last week at Porrazzo Rink in East Boston in a two-day hockey tournament to raise money for the Boston Medical Center (BMC) Breast Cancer Research Center.
The Jets hosted the 7th Annual Deep Freeze high school hockey tournament, sponsored by East Boston Savings Bank recently.
Founded by East Boston High School’s hockey coach, Robert Anthony, the tournament donates funds raised to the BMC Breast Cancer Research Center as a tribute to Anthony’s wife Jacki, who is a breast cancer survivor. To date the tournament has raised more than $20,000 for BMC Breast Cancer Research and the players were able to raise about $2,000 this year.
“Overall the tournament went very well and we were able to raise money for a worthy cause,” said Anthony. “We had several cancer survivors at this year’s event so it gives the players a chance to see what they are playing for. It really gives them a sense that they are giving back.”
Cancer survivors in attendance included Anthony’s wife, Jackie as well as his daughter, Carrie Brangiforte.
The competition got underway with the dropping of the pink puck prior to the start of the first game. Special guests include Jacki Anthony, Carrie Brangiforte, Bob David who represented the BMC Breast Cancer Research Center, EBSB President Debra Jackson, Joe Mario from Mario Century 21, Martin Mario from M&M Variety and Greg Wellman,
Student athletes from East Boston High School wore pink hockey shirts in honor of loved ones both present and past who have been affected by breast cancer. Players from each team also received a $200 scholarship.
Eastie lost to St. Clement 7-5. Swampscott went on to beat St. Clement 11-2 to advance to the final but lost to Tournament Champions Newton 2-1.