The Colorado Avalanche and UCHealth will host their annual Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) game on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. MT against the Washington Capitals at Pepsi Center.
The HFC initiative is a collaboration between the NHL and NHLPA to honor cancer survivors and anyone who continues to battle the disease. The campaign is supported by all 31 NHL teams, each of which designates one home game in the month of November as its HFC night. The initiative has raised more than $20 million for cancer research since its inception in 1998.
UCHealth and the Avalanche are offering cancer survivors and fans unique opportunities to take part in this year's game, including a ceremonial puck drop, rides on the UCHealth Zambulance (Zamboni) and an on-ice presentation recognizing survivors.
In addition, survivors will have the opportunity during the game to ring the new Hockey Fights Cancer bell purchased by the Avalanche. It's a tradition for cancer patients to ring a bell in hospitals and clinics at the end of their final treatment and this special bell will be donated to UCHealth's new cancer center at UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital, opening in the spring.
Prior to and during Friday's game, UCHealth will host a photo booth on the concourse near Section 144 offering fans the opportunity to obtain "I Fight For" placards and personalize them with the name of whom he/she supports in the battle with cancer. Fans can share photos on social media that will be shown on PepsiVision by using #HockeyFightsCancer. In addition, the Avs Better Halves will host a station near Section 140 where blank note cards will be provided for fans to write messages of support to local cancer patients.
Pepsi Center in-game elements and outside lighting will utilize lavender, which represents awareness of all cancers. The arena décor will include lavender balloons, signage and LED BamBams placed in cup holders around the arena.
Throughout the month, all players will wear a Hockey Fights Cancer decal on their helmets. For the Avalanche's designated HFC game on Friday, players will wear lavender warm-up jerseys that will auctioned off online. The auction opens on Friday, Nov. 16 and closes at 10 p.m. MT on Friday, Nov. 30 and can be accessed by visiting www.avs.givesmart.com or by texting AVS to 52182.
Donations to support UCHealth's oncology programs can be made using the Cancer Center Fund designation drop down at https://www.uchospitalfoundation.org.
Checks can also be made payable to UCH Foundation and mailed to:
2400 S. Peoria Street, Ste. 100
Aurora, CO 80014
About Hockey Fights Cancer™
Hockey Fights Cancer™ is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. The Hockey Fights Cancer initiative is supported by the National Hockey League Foundation, the NHL Foundation, players, NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. To date, the Hockey Fights Cancer programs of the National Hockey League Foundation (in the US) and the NHL Foundation (in Canada), along with NHL supporters and fans, have donated more than $16 million to support the cancer programs of national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local charities. For more information about Hockey Fights Cancer, please go to hockeyfightscancer.com.
About Kroenke Sports Charities
Kroenke Sports Charities is committed to improving lives through the spirit and power of sports. We strive to serve our community through education, health and fitness initiatives, athletic programs, and direct aid, with the particular purpose of helping families, children, veterans, and the disabled. Kroenke Sports Charities provides relevant programs and support, directly and with other nonprofit organizations, to ultimately assist, encourage, and enrich the lives of those in need.
UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. UCHealth combines Longs Peak Hospital, Yampa Valley Medical Center, Memorial Hospital Central, Memorial Hospital North, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, UCHealth Medical Group, Broomfield Hospital, Grandview Hospital, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. With more than 150 clinic locations, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.