Players pushing out the puck for charity

Queenstown ice hockey players Kellye Nelson (left) and Coco Lund will play in Saturday's charity...
Queenstown ice hockey players Kellye Nelson (left) and Coco Lund will play in Saturday's charity game at Queenstown Ice Arena. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Queenstown's ice hockey fraternity will be putting their skates on for a charity fundraiser this weekend.

The clash for cash will feature two games at Queenstown Ice Arena on Saturday.

The first to be contested at Pink in the Rink is a ladies' game featuring Ice Fernz player Hope Gregory and local players.

Organiser Rebecca Dobson says the event, now in its fourth year, has proved popular in previous years.

All money raised goes to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

``It is pretty much the last chance to watch [ice] hockey before the rink closes for the year. The fact all money is going to charity means it is a really good event to support. It will be a fun atmosphere, it is for a good cause, and it's good to raise awareness,'' Ms Dobson said.

The women's clash will be followed by a men's game featuring Stampede players Mike McRae, Bert Haines, Braden Lee and coach Adam Blanchette.

A couple of present and former Ice Blacks are also expected to make an appearance along with a few from Dunedin Thunder.

Despite its charity status - she did not think any of the players would be taking it easy on the ice.

``They will be trying to fight it out and have a winner.''

Ms Dobson encouraged spectators to dress in pink to show their support.

Women's game, puck drop, 6pm, men's game 7.15pm.

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