The Colorado Avalanche joins in the NHL / NHLPA’s annual Hockey Fights Cancer initiative to honor those in the hockey community who have struggled or continue to struggle with the disease.
The annual campaign, scheduled in October of each year, is supported by all NHL teams. Each club designates one home game as its Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night. Tuesday’s contest between the Avalanche and Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center is the Avalanche’s designated Hockey Fights Cancer game.
“Fifteen years ago, the hockey community united to create Hockey Fights Cancer,” said Kenneth Martin Jr., NHL Vice President of Cause Marketing. “Our commitment to this cause is unwavering and is most evident every October when we celebrate the start of a new season with a spotlight on Hockey Fights Cancer. The NHL is honored to continue our work with the NHLPA and the entire hockey community.”
Colorado Avalanche support includes:
Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center has been designated as the Avalanche Hockey Fights Cancer game. Special activities at the game include:
Pre-Game – Dawg Nation Survivor Hockey Game – participants in the game are survivors of or are currently battling cancer or other life threatening diseases.
|Logan (left) with Jean-Sebastien Giguere (right) and the Stanley Cup during his Make-A-Wish day in May (Photo: Michael Martin). |
Youth Skaters – Two brothers from the University of Denver Junior Hockey Program, Kylen (5) and Ayden (7), will participate as the Avalanche Youth Skaters. Kylen and Ayden’s grandfather recently passed away as a result of leukemia. The brothers were selected to participate as the Avalanche Youth Skaters by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – an official Hockey Fights Cancer partner of the NHL.
Celebrity Puck Dropper – 13-year-old cancer survivor Logan Piz from Arvada Hockey Association will be participating in Tuesday’s puck presentation. This summer, Piz’s Make-A-Wish request to the NHL and Discover Card brought the Stanley Cup to Denver, where he was greeted by Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Quality Time – A group of 50 oncology social workers and nurses from HealthONEfacilities
will be attending the game courtesy of Kroenke Sports Charities and the Colorado Beef Council.
Atrium Lighting – The Grand Atrium lobby will be lit in lavender throughout the game.
Cancer Organizations represented at the game include Dawg Nation, American Cancer Society, Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Epic Experience, Just-In-Time Neuroblastoma Foundation, LoveHopeStrength Foundation, Susan B. Komen Foundation, Chris Draft Family Foundation and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
|Matt Duchene showing his support with the Hockey Fights Cancer Lavender necktie (Credit: NHL). |
Check presentation – On behalf of NHL / NHLPA, the Colorado Avalanche will present a $5,000 check to the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation in support of activities and programs for pediatric patients at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.
Avalanche Coaching Staff and Broadcasters will wear the official Vineyard Vines Hockey Fights Cancer lavender (which represents all cancers) necktie during the game. Throughout the month, all players are wearing a Hockey Fights Cancer decal on their helmets. In addition, six Avalanche players will donate a lavender-taped game-used stick to the NHL and NHLPA’s online auction to benefit Hockey Fights Cancer.
Retail - Avs fans will have the opportunity to support Hockey Fights Cancer with the purchase of limited edition Old Time Hockey / HFC merchandise.
Break the Ice – Approximately 30 cancer patients and their siblings from Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation join Avalanche forwards Ryan O'Reilly and Alex Tanguay, along with Avalanche Mascot Bernie and Ice Girls, for a skating clinic at Pepsi Center.