Blackhawk forwards Mark Bell and Michael Holmqvist and goaltender Craig Anderson are among the more than 200 NHL players who will take part in the first-ever "Tribute To Hockey Moms" at 10:00 a.m. on March 17, 2006 at the United Center.
During the Blackhawks morning practice in preparation for that evening's game against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Anderson, Bell and Holmqvist will use pink hockey sticks carrying the breast cancer research logo. The specially designed TPS sticks will then be autographed and later auctioned off at various local and national fund raising events that support breast cancer research
"The Hockey Mom is the backbone of our sport," said Bell. "This is just one small thing we can do to honor all the moms who spent countless early mornings in a freezing cold ice rink, huddled under a blanket, clutching a cup of coffee and trying to stay warm while we pursued our hockey dreams."
Bell is in his fifth season with the Blackhawks and has appeared in every game during the last three NHL seasons. Anderson is in his third NHL season and recently posted his second career shutout. Holmqvist is enjoying his best NHL season after coming to the Blackhawks at the beginning of the season in a trade from Anaheim.