The Chicago Blackhawks will host "Hockey Fights Cancer Night" at the United Center on Monday, Nov. 27, when the team faces off against the Anaheim Ducks.
The night will kick-off with a special Purple Carpet event hosted by Brian Campbell, Blackhawks Business & Hockey Operations Liaison, and In-Arena Host Jackie Kostek in the United Center Atrium at 6:30 p.m. The event will honor fans who are currently battling cancer, have lost a loved one to cancer and those who are in remission.
In support of cancer awareness, Blackhawks players will wear one-of-a-kind lavender jerseys during warmups, which will each be autographed by the player who wore it and auctioned off online. Coaches and broadcasters will wear lavender ties, which will also be included in the auction accompanied by an autographed photo. The auction on chicagoblackhawks.com will begin on Monday, Nov. 27, and run through 12 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, with all proceeds benefitting various local cancer-related organizations through Chicago Blackhawks Charities.
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, who will accompany the Blackhawks starting lineup on the blue line for the National Anthem. Lauren Graver, an 9-year-old from Mount Prospect, Ill., who is battling rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare muscle-based cancer, will perform the ceremonial puck drop prior to the game.
There will be several additional opportunities for fans to help raise cancer awareness or contribute funds throughout the game:
- "I Fight For" signs will be available on every chair and around the concourse for fans to personalize upon arrival and share using #HockeyFightsCancer.
- Hockey Fights Cancer t-shirts will be available for a $10 donation during the Purple Carpet ceremony in the United Center Atrium. Additionally, unique embroidered patches will be available to be pressed on to any New Era hat at the in-arena Blackhawks Store and the Madhouse Team Store. Patches are sold for $10 with all proceeds from the November patches going to Hockey Fights Cancer.
- Player-autographed Hockey Fights Cancer mystery pucks will be sold on the concourse. Proceeds from the puck sales as well as Split-the-Pot and the Blackhawks silent auction will be donated across six cancer-related organizations who will be sharing information with fans along the concourse including Make-A-Wish, Bear Necessities, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Ross MacNeill Foundation, Movember and Phil's Friends.
Hockey Fights Cancer™ unites the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families. Founded in 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association, the initiative gets an assist from players, coaches, officials, broadcasters, equipment managers, front office staff, corporate partners and fans. Together, the hockey community looks to inspire hope and courage for those who are living with, going through and moving past cancer. 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 Clubs, supporters and fans, have donated more than $18 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 Anaheim can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago, streamed on NBCSportsChicago.com and on the NBC Sports app as well as heard on WGN Radio and in Spanish on Univision Deportes Radio - WRTO 1200AM.
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.
About Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation
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.