Thunder Goes Pink has been a tradition in Stockton for the last eight seasons and this year’s event marked the last for the Stockton Thunder, as the ECHL team heads to Glens Falls for next season and the Calgary Flames send their AHL affiliate to the California Central Valley city. The breast cancer awareness weekend will certainly continue, just with a new team name. The annual event proceeds go to St. Josephs Foundation- Breast Health Services which helps women in the immediate area who are impacted by the disease. The last eight seasons have seen the Thunder raise over $276,242 through ticket sales, silent auction, live jersey auctions and raffles.

The Pink weekend had some special significance for me as well. I have an intimate connection with breast cancer as my mom passed away when I was just fifteen from the complications of the disease. This year’s event happened to coincide with the personal as it marked the anniversary of my mom’s final battle and last hospital visit so many years ago.

Going to a hockey game is really the best medicine there is and planning an outfit that pays tribute to the event and to your mother is something special. I had two outfits planned: one for Friday and then for Sunday, however I have only posted Friday’s ensemble because thrown into the weekend was the Sharks-Kings Stadium Series Game and by the time Sunday came I sadly had no motivation for a picture (sorry!)

A weekend series such as this, I usually stay at the hotel next to the arena as it is a good two and a half hour drive on a Friday from my house. This Friday night seemed to be plagued by one wardrobe malfunction after another. You get what you pay for and this was especially true for my skirt tonite. I mean who could pass up a cute $15.00 skirt but alas, it had issues which were revealed once I slipped it on with not much time to spare. Two holes in the seam looked pretty tacky so luckily for me my friend had a sewing kit, which I guess should be added to the list of must-haves in your media bag. I sewed up my skirt in five minutes and was out the door and on my way.

No sooner had I walked in the security entrance when my brand new sheer black stockings caught who knows what and I had a run, luckily under the skirt. A few posts back our PP writer Chelena Goldman suggested keeping the clear polish in your media bag for these kinds of emergencies along with a sewing kit. Well, media gals, case in point, I needed it but it wasn’t there! My friend came through yet again with clear nail polish delivered to me in game. Whew, it was about 20 minutes of being ever so careful to not make the run worse, but that clear polish is staying in my bag, because you just never know!

Press Level Fashion Pink in the Rink

Press Level Fashion Pink in the Rink

Blouse: Forever 21 (classic and a bit on the conservative side for me but I like the business look to it.)
Tank: Forever 21 (how many times have I said you need one of these in every color)
Skirt: Forever 21 (the big offender of the evening with 2 holes but the asymmetrical styling made me want it)
Boots: Mossimo Target (I love the side zipper on these shoes, it gives them a bit more of an edge and for a rather inexpensive pair of booties they are fairly comfortable.)
Jacket: Top Shop (the new go-to jacket)

Jewelry: strand of pearls (very classic and they were my mothers and yes there was a bit of a tangle with my media pass but I survived)
charm bracelet (I’ve been making a habit of wearing it and have the intention of adding some stuff to it. It was my mother’s when she was in high school and college)

A West Coast girl, born and raised in the Bay Area in the most non-traditional Hockey Market you could imagine for a long time... When the Sharks came to town it changed the Bay Area hockey landscape forever. Her first love will always be the Red Wings but she has embraced the Sharks since their debut in 1991. She has a passion for minor league grind-it-out-in the-corners hockey. Her heart broke when the ECHL Bulls folded , but luckily the Stockton Thunder are still close enough for her to get her gritty-hockey fix. Besides watching hockey, she is an American Tribal Style belly-dancer and trolls the blue-line, playing defence in a local rec hockey league... A somehow strange but balanced juxtaposition.



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