The Colorado Avalanche and UCHealth will host their annual Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) game on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. MT against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Pepsi Center.
The HFC initiative is a collaboration between the NHL and NHLPA to honor cancer survivors, supporters and everyone 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 and has raised more than $25 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 participating in an honorary starting lineup and rides on the UCHealth Zambulance (Zamboni). This year fans were asked to submit the name of their cancer warrior for inclusion on the UCHealth dasher boards for Saturday's game.
During Saturday'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, all fans will receive an "I Fight For" scroll banner in their seat. The Avs Better Halves will host a station near Section 140 where blank note cards will be provided on which fans are encouraged 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 and other signage.
Throughout the month, all players will wear a Hockey Fights Cancer decal on their helmets. For the Avalanche's designated HFC game on Saturday, players will wear commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer warm-up jerseys that will be available in an online auction opening Saturday, Nov. 23, and closing on Wednesday, Nov. 27. A portion of auction proceeds benefits American Cancer Society patient services programs in Colorado. The auction 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 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 $25 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 tohockeyfightscancer.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. With over 24,000 employees, UCHealth includes 12 acute-care full-service hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth is dedicated to 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.