The Colorado Avalanche’s contest against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (Oct. 25) at Pepsi Center will be special for more than one reason.
First off, the game will be part of a very unique night in the National Hockey League. In a rare occurrence, all 30 NHL teams will be in action that evening.
But more importantly, the Avalanche and the NHL will team up on Saturday to host Colorado’s Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night.
The league-wide initiative will see all 30 clubs host a similarly-themed night during October, with the goal of raising awareness and funds for an important cause. Clubs will team with local and national cancer organizations to promote cancer awareness and raise funds for hockey’s most important fight.
Each team will hold on-ice presentations, 50/50 raffles, promotional giveaways, contests and discount ticket offers. Tickets and arena suites will be donated to Children’s Hospitals and cancer-affiliated programs, and young patients will be involved with in-game opportunities including rides on the ice resurfacer, puck-drops, radio booth visits and player meet-and-greets.
There also will be online, live and silent auctions of signed items, including helmets, sticks, jerseys and other team merchandise. Several clubs will continue to promote awareness by participating in local hospital visits and fundraising runs and walks.
Stay tuned to ColoradoAvalanche.com in the coming days for additional details regarding how the Avalanche will celebrate the event this weekend.Click here for a photo gallery from last year's Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night