Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

CT Hockey Foundation Benefit is Jan. 12

The Bulldogs and Pioneers will square off to benefit the CT Hockey Foundation
The Bulldogs and Pioneers will square off to benefit the CT Hockey Foundation

Bulldogs Host SHU In Memory of Jason Pagni


NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Connecticut Hockey Foundation will hold its annual fundraiser on Jan. 12 when Yale faces off against Sacred Heart at Ingalls Rink at 7 p.m.   

Formed in August 2016 in memory of Connecticut hockey icon Jason Pagni, the Connecticut Hockey Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization, with a mission to support the sport of hockey to participants of all backgrounds, regardless of one's ability or limited resources within Connecticut. 

Pagni was a 1990 graduate of The Avon Old Farms School who dedicated his life to advocating, developing and touching the lives of parents and players on all levels of the sport from youth hockey, high school, prep school, college and the National Hockey League.  Pagni suddenly passed away on January 31, 2014, at the age of 43, leaving his loving wife and two young daughters. 

Highlighting this year's game is the Connecticut Hockey Foundation's extensive raffle and silent auction event, featuring donations from current professional hockey players whose lives Pagni touched. Signed NHL jerseys and equipment, hockey game tickets, and non-hockey items including restaurant gift cards, and other unique donations, and special surprises will be included. It is also expected that the Connecticut Hockey Foundation will be honoring is initial grant recipients as part of this year's fundraiser in memory of Pagni.

Yale University Head Coach Keith Allain, "We are proud to have the opportunity to host Sacred Heart for the game honoring the memory of Jason Pagni.  I know that CJ Marottolo and Jason Pagni were very close and this event has special meaning for many in the Connecticut hockey community.  It should be a great game and a great way to remember Jason who has done so much for so many here in our backyard."


Sacred Heart University Head Coach CJ Marottolo, "We could not find a better venue than Ingalls Rink to host the annual Connecticut Hockey Foundation, Inc. benefit in memory of our great friend Jason Pagni.  Keith Allain and I knew Jason and we understood Jason's impact on young Connecticut hockey players in helping them reach their potential both as players, but more importantly, people."


 Eric H. Opin, Executive Director, Connecticut Hockey Foundation, Inc. "We are excited and looking forward to a special evening of hockey in memory of Jason Pagni, and acknowledging our love for the Pagni family.  This year's game has meaning on so many levels, including two wonderful Connecticut Division I college hockey programs who support our youth hockey mission.  We are thrilled and privileged that this year's fundraiser will be held at Ingalls Rink, an iconic hockey venue steeped in history and tradition.  Thank you to the Yale Department of Athletics, especially Vicky Chun, Ann-Marie Guglieri, Wayne Dean, Jeremy Makins, and Jason Strong for your invaluable support."


A portion of proceeds from tickets pre-ordered through the Connecticut Hockey Foundation will support the Connecticut Hockey Foundation's eight grade and younger youth hockey mission.  To pre-order game tickets, please contact: Eric H. Opin, Executive Director, Connecticut Hockey Foundation, Inc. 266 Broad Street, Post Office Box 412, Milford, CT 06460, (203) 878-5881,  Also, please follow the Connecticut Hockey Foundation, Inc. on Facebook and Twitter @CTHockeyfdn for updates.