ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The University of Maine Women's Ice Hockey Team is aiming to set the Women's East Hockey Association's attendance record when they take on Vermont at home on Saturday.
Admission is free for fans. The Black Bears are instead asking them to give what they can to the Ashley Wade Foundation. An organization that helps children with chronic illnesses.
Ashley Wade was a three sport high school athlete with aspirations to play division one ice hockey in college. When she was 17 she was diagnosed with Crones Disease, and started the foundation in 2012.
Cailey Hutchison was at the forefront of putting Saturday together. The Black Bears junior center is good friends with Ashley Wade, and wanted to bring her love of hockey and giving back to the community together.
"Being a division one athlete we have a lot of opportunities to give back, and I feel like in Maine where Hockey is so prevalent, it is so applicable to the foundation and Ashley herself," said Hutchison.
Black Bears players have been posting on social media and encouraging students around campus to come out and support the team on Saturday.
"This is something that the players have completely take on all their own," said head coach Richard Reichenbach. "We have been pushing to get as many people here as we can."
The Black Bears must surpass 2,136 fans to break the Women's Hockey East Associations attendance record. The record was set on February 3rd, 2017 when Vermont hosted New Hampshire. Maine will face off against Vermont on Saturday at noon.