Friday night at Nationwide Arena is Hockey Fights Cancer night presented by OhioHealth. We'll celebrate those who have fought and been lost, those fought and cured and those still fighting.
The lavendar jerseys the team will wear in warmups accompanying the stands and the arena reflecting the night only begin to tell the story. With 18,500 seats to fill, odds are that everyone has been affected some way by cancer - from the fans to the front office and the players.
Nick Foligno's mother is continuosly honored with the Janis Foligno Foundation. Janis lost her battle with with cancer. Zac Dalpe also lost his mother, Lisa, to cancer two years ago. It's an onward, everyday fight.
"If I can put on a purple jersey or some purple tape tomorrow and support her or in general, that's something that I'm really looking forward to," Dalpe said. "The other day at the hospital, you go and you see these people. If we can do anything to raise awareness or fight for them, that's something that I want to do. I know that my mom would be proud of that."
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"I think it's obviously very important to acknowledge not only our CBJ heroes, but everyone who's fighting. It's a tough fight," said Cam Atkinson. "There a lot of people around the world who are going through this, and everyone is affected by it in one way or another.
"For us to be able to acknowledge it on the platform that we're on to show the world we're fighting with you, I think is very important."
Echoing the sentiment of Dalpe, defenseman Zach Werenski shared the meaningful impact that visiting Nationwide Children's Hospital and the overaching theme for Hockey Fights Cancer means to him.
"After going to Nationwide Children's Hospital yesterday, just seeing all the kids affected by this, seeing how hard it is and how hard they fight, it's definitely special for us to go out on the ice and play a game for them, and play for something bigger than just hockey." Werenski said.
The heroes will be celebrated, the puck will drop and the game will take place but regardless of the outcome, Friday night will have meant a lot to all those involved.
"It's good to spread awareness of cancer for those who are fighting," Oliver Bjorkstand said. "Hockey fights cancer night means a lot." Oliver Bjorkstrand said.