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Flying Aces open nomination period for special Pink in the Rink Night tribute

By Flying Aces Staff, 02/02/18, 5:30PM CST


Six cancer survivors to be recognized during pregame ceremony on Feb. 17

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Central Illinois Flying Aces announced on Friday that it will honor cancer survivors with a special pregame ceremony at Pink in the Rink Night on Feb. 17 at Grossinger Motors Arena.

As a part of the night dedicated to the fight against cancer, the Flying Aces will recognize six individuals who have beaten or are currently fighting cancer as the honorary starters of the game prior to the Flying Aces’ matchup against the Green Bay Gamblers at 7:07 p.m.

Each of the six honorary starters will have the chance to have their story told during the special tribute and will be selected following nominations from the Central Illinois community.

To nominate a cancer survivor, send an email with the survivor’s name, email address and phone number, and a brief summary of their fight against cancer to Nominations can also be sent as a message to the Flying Aces’ Facebook page or by mail to: Central Illinois Flying Aces, 101 S. Madison Street, Bloomington, IL 61701.

The Flying Aces are currently accepting nominations, which must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. The six selected survivors will then be announced on Monday, Feb. 12. Each honorary starter will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the Pink in the Rink Night. Although there will only be six honorary starters, all people who are nominated will be honored during the game. 

The Flying Aces players will wear special pink uniforms on Pink the Rink Night, and fans can win those jerseys in a silent auction that will take place during the game. The first 500 fans that night will receive a Pink in the Rink t-shirt courtesy of State Farm.

For more information about the honorary starters for Pink in the Rink Night, contact the Flying Aces front office at 309-434-2980.


Known as the Bloomington Thunder from 2014-17, the newly-rebranded Central Illinois Flying Aces are a member of the top junior hockey league in the United States, the United States Hockey League (USHL). The only Tier I junior hockey league in the country, the USHL has become renowned for developing the next stars of both Division I college hockey and the NHL. At the start of the 2017-18 season, there were 128 active USHL alumni on NHL rosters, with at least one USHL alumnus playing for each of the 31 teams. In total, there have been 253 USHL players who have gone onto NHL careers, including Patrick Sharp, David Backes, Johnny Gaudreau, and Joe Pavelski, among others. The players in the USHL range in age from 16-20 years old, 95 percent of whom will go on to play college hockey at the Division I level. For more information, visit or or download the USHL Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.