The Chicago Blackhawks will host “Hockey Fights Cancer Night” at the United Center on Sunday, April 7, when the team takes on the Nashville Predators. In support of cancer awareness, Blackhawks players will wear unique warmup jerseys, while coaches and broadcasters will wear lavender ties, both of which will be autographed and auctioned off online. Additionally, the Blackhawks have partnered with the Make-a-Wish and Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer foundations for a special pregame on-ice recognition of seven local children whose wish was to meet their Blackhawks heroes.
During warmups, the Blackhawks will wear white authentic jerseys with lavender lettering to raise cancer awareness. Blackhawks coaches and broadcasters will also wear lavender ties to support the cause. Each jersey will be autographed by the player who wore it, while each tie will be packaged with an autographed photograph of the individual wearing the tie. All jerseys and ties will be auctioned off to fans on chicagoblackhawks.com beginning on Sunday, April 7, and running through 12 p.m. on Monday, April 15. Proceeds from the sales will be donated to Chicago Blackhawks Charities, with portions being distributed to various local cancer awareness organizations.
Jack Klinge, a 12-year-old from Lake Forest, who is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, will perform the ceremonial puck drop prior to the game.
Throughout the game, the Blackhawks Better Halves will sell player-autographed pucks. Proceeds from the puck sales, the Blackhawks silent auction and Split the Pot will benefit Chicago Blackhawks Charities and various local cancer awareness organizations. Several organizations will also be located throughout the United Center concourse to offer more information on cancer prevention and awareness.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation works to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions by granting wishes, which often serve as a source of inspiration for kids undergoing difficult medical treatments.
The Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a national organization dedicated to eliminating pediatric cancer and providing hope and support to those who are affected by it. The foundation has three unique programs: the Bear Hugs Program, Bear Discoveries and Bear Empowerment. The Bear Hugs Program is a customized experience aimed at brightening the lives of children diagnosed with cancer, in addition to providing financial and essential support to families.
Hockey Fights Cancer™ is a charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League® and National Hockey League Players’ Association. It is supported by players, NHL member clubs, NHL alumni, the NHL Officials’ Association, professional hockey athletic trainers and equipment managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. The goal of Hockey Fights Cancer is to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. To date, Hockey Fights Cancer has raised more than $12.8 million via the National Hockey League’s US and Canadian charitable foundations. Hockey Fights Cancer is also a component of The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice®, the National Hockey League’s and National Hockey League Players’ Association’s social responsibility program that builds on hockey’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.
Sunday’s game against Nashville can be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and heard on WGN Radio AM-720.