Wear purple to annual Cornell women's hockey DIFD game Friday for mental health awareness

February 4, 2016 by Mark H. Anbinder

Cornell women's ice hockey fans are encouraged to wear purple to Friday night's game against Quinnipiac to raise mental health awareness. The Big Red are in the home stretch of their ECAC season.

Big Red senior defenseman Morgan Richardson. 14850 file photo.Big Red senior defenseman Morgan Richardson. 14850 file photo.For Friday's game, in conjunction with the Do It For Daron organization, fans are encouraged to wear purple in memory of Daron Richardson, a youth hockey player who took her own life at the age of 14. Her older sister, Morgan, is a senior on Cornell's team and previously played on Canada's Under-18 team. The senior is one of five finalists for this year's BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. Daron and Morgan's father, Luke, is the head coach of the AHL Binghamton Senators.

The B-Sens are hosting their own Do It For Daron event this Saturday, partnering with Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) for Power to the Purple Night on February 6th, when the Senators host the Rochester Americans at the Floyd L. Maines Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets are available for $15 with ordering code "DIFD."

The Big Red has held several "DIFD" games over the last few years, even including road games such as last November's DIFD fundraiser hosted by Quinnipiac. Purple wristbands and other gear will be available for sale at Lynah Rink on Friday night. Gametime is 7pm.

Cornell's women are fighting to earn a playoff bid as they host #4 Quinnipiac and #9 Princeton this weekend, two points out of the final playoff spot for the ECAC Hockey League. They split last weekend with a 3-1 win at Union before a 2-1 loss at RPI.

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