The Chicago Blackhawks will host “Hockey Fights Cancer Night” at the United Center on Wednesday, Nov. 4, when the team faces off against the St. Louis Blues. In support of cancer awareness, Blackhawks players will wear one-of-a-kind warm-up jerseys (pictured above), 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 accompanied by 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 Wednesday, Nov. 4, and running through 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18. 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 Make-A-Wish Illinois and Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation for a special pregame on-ice recognition of six local children, while more children will ride the Zambonis during the intermissions and all “Shoot the Puck” contestants are cancer survivors, fighting cancer or helping to find a cure for cancer. Brock Iverson, an 8-year-old from Cary, Ill., who is battling Acute Lymphoid Leukemia, will perform the ceremonial puck drop prior to the game.
Throughout the game, player-autographed commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer pucks will be sold on the concourse. 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, in addition to the Michigan Avenue, Oakbrook and Old Orchard store locations.
Make-A-Wish 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.
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.
Hockey Fights Cancer is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the NHL and NHLPA to raise money and awareness for hockey’s most important fight. Hockey Fights Cancer is supported by NHL 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 Hockey Fights Cancer is a component of The Biggest Assist Happens Off the Ice, the NHL and NHLPA’s social responsibility program that builds on hockey’s longstanding tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world. To date, through the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, the NHL’s U.S. and Canadian charitable foundations and NHL supporters and fans have donated more than $15 million to support national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations.
Wednesday’s game against St. Louis can be seen nationally on NBCSN and heard on WGN Radio AM-720.