‘Pink in the Rink,’ breast cancer fight personal for Sound Tigers

BRIDGEPORT — Cancer finds a way to affect just about everyone’s life one way or another, and for a few Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Saturday’s “Pink in the Rink” night hits close to home.

Winger Michael Dal Colle said he was kept in the dark a bit when his mother, Wendy, fought breast cancer.

“She was diagnosed when I was 10, so it’s coming up on 12 years,” Dal Colle said Tuesday. “It was a big part of my childhood, for her to overcome that.

“I didn’t really know the extent of it. My sister was a little older. She had a better idea. I didn’t know how severe it was. In reality, that was probably a good thing.”

Wendy Dal Colle beat it, though, and on Pink Rink nights when her son played junior hockey in Ontario, she’d drop the ceremonial faceoff. He scored a goal in regulation and tacked on the shootout winner in last year’s Pink in the Rink game in Bridgeport with pink tape on his stick blade.

A portion of the night’s proceeds from Saturday’s game against Providence at Webster Bank Arena benefit the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative. Tickets bought through a fevo.com link (available off soundtigers.com) go directly to CT BHI.