The Chicago Blackhawks will host “Hockey Fights Cancer Night” at the United Center on Sunday, Oct. 26, when the team hosts the Ottawa Senators. In support of cancer awareness, Blackhawks players will wear one-of-a-kind warm-up jerseys, while coaches and broadcasters will wear lavender ties. Each warm-up jersey will be auctioned off online, in addition to the ties worn by coaches, broadcasters and players, which will be auctioned off online with an autographed photo.
During warmups, the Blackhawks will wear purple jerseys with lavender lettering to raise cancer awareness; each jersey will be autographed by the player who wore it. All jerseys and ties will be auctioned off to fans on chicagoblackhawks.com beginning on Monday, Oct. 27, and running through 12 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10. Proceeds from the sales will be donated to Chicago Blackhawks Charities, with portions being distributed to various local cancer awareness organizations.
Additionally, the Blackhawks have partnered with the Make-a-Wish and Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer foundations for a special pregame on-ice recognition of five local children, while two more children will ride the Zambonis during the intermission and all “Shoot the Puck” contestants are fighting cancer, beating cancer or helping to find a cure for cancer. Gabriel Colon, a 12-year-old from Algonquin, who is battling Acute Lymphoid Leukemia, will perform the ceremonial puck drop prior to the game; his Make-A-Wish experience was granted on Monday when he skated with the Blackhawks during practice at the United Center.
Throughout the game, the Ross MacNeill Foundation will sell player-autographed commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer pucks. Proceeds from the puck sales, the Blackhawks silent auction and Split the Pot will benefit Chicago Blackhawks Charities and various cancer awareness organizations which will be located throughout the United Center concourse. Select Hockey Fights Cancer apparel will be available for purchase at the Blackhawks Store located by section 117.
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 two unique programs: the Bear Hugs Program and Bear Discoveries. The Bear Hugs Program customizes experiences aimed at brightening the lives of children diagnosed with cancer, in addition to providing financial and essential support to families.
Since its inception in 1998, Hockey Fights Cancer has been dedicated to raising awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. Together, the joint charitable initiative between the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) will distribute more than $200,000 in grants to national and local cancer organizations in all 30 NHL markets. To date, through the NHL's US and Canadian charitable foundations, more than $12.8 million has been raised under the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.
Sunday’s game against Ottawa can be seen locally on WGN-TV and heard on WGN Radio AM-720 (also simulcast on 87.7FM The Game).