Robert Morris Celebrity Hockey Game Creates Momentum for “Hockey is the Goal” Campaign to Restore Men’s and Women’s Teams – College Hockey
The RMU Celebrity Hockey Faceoff, the recent charity hockey game that featured former RMU hockey players against former Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh celebrities on November 7, was a big success.
The match featured a full house at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, the Penguins’ training rink. The RMU alumni won 12-11 in a game that included a hat trick from former Penguins star Colby Armstrong, two goals from Jacob from “On The Bench” and a physical play from former football player. Pittsburgh Steelers Brett Keisel. Former US Olympians Ryan Malone and Brianne McLaughlin have also teamed up to support RMU hockey.
As a result, significant progress was made in the “Hockey is the Goal” fundraising campaign to restore RMU Division I men’s and women’s hockey. The game, including ticket sales and online auctions before and after the game, raised over $ 65,000. Additional donations brought the Hockey is the Goal campaign to $ 738,868 on November 18 at 10 a.m.
“Growing up here there was never a Division I college (hockey team) so you had to leave home,” said Malone. “This dream of playing varsity hockey at home has never been realistic. The RMU program has been successful with both the male and female programs. It says here in the training rink (Penguins), children are the future. So giving these kids some hope and being able to dream of being with their family (for DI college hockey) is something that I think is very important and I hope we can all come together and achieve this great goal.
“It was really cool to see so much support, and it’s a testament to what hockey means in this city,” added McLaughlin. “We have made a dent in this fundraising goal and we still have a lot of work to do and about a month to go. “
Those looking to help are encouraged to make a donation or get involved via the Givecampus “Hockey is the goal” page.
Limited season tickets are still available and those interested can complete the online form.
There is still work to be done by the Dec. 15 deadline as the Pittsburgh College Hockey Foundation and Robert Morris University work to restore the Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs for 2022-2023.
Fans can come to 31 Sports Bar & Grille in Bridgeville on Saturday November 20 for “The Yinzer Cup: Bubble Hockey to Save RMU Hockey” to play bubble hockey against Malone and Olly & Jacob from “On the Bench” and watch the Penguins. Thu. Profits will be donated to the Hockey is the Goal campaign.
Fans can also come to the Pittsburgh College Hockey Thanksgiving Gathering on Wednesday, November 24 at 5 p.m. at the All Star Sports Bar & Grill in Robinson. Profits from all tabs will benefit the Hockey is the Goal campaign.
Please contact TJ Brown ([email protected]) or Logan Bittle ([email protected]) for all questions.