The Chicago Blackhawks will host "Hockey Fights Cancer Night" at the United Center on Monday, Oct. 24, when the team faces off against the Calgary Flames. 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 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 Monday, Oct. 24, and running through Monday, Nov. 7. 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 five local children, while more children will ride the Zambonis during the intermissions. Brandon Otte, an 9-year-old from Shorewood, Ill., who is battling Histiosytosis, 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 and Oakbrook 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 to providing hope and support to those who are touched 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 while the Bear Discoveries Program funds critical research for pediatric cancers.
Hockey Fights Cancer™ is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. The Hockey Fights Cancer initiative is supported by the National Hockey League Foundation, the NHL Foundation, players, NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. To date, the Hockey Fights Cancer programs of the National Hockey League Foundation (in the US) and the NHL Foundation (in Canada), along with NHL supporters and fans, have donated more than $16 million to support the cancer programs of national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local charities. For more information about Hockey Fights Cancer, please go to hockeyfightscancer.com.
Monday's game against Calgary can be seen on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and heard on WGN Radio AM-720 and Univision America (WRTO AM 1200).