BOSTON, MA - The Boston Bruins announced today, October 14, that they will host Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by Lahey Health on October 25 when they take on the Minnesota Wild. The Bruins will be supporting the cause in a variety of ways and many local pediatric and adult cancer patients will be invited to participate in Hockey Fights Cancer Night events and given tickets to the game.
Additionally, fans are encouraged to nominate a caregiver who has gone above and beyond in the fight against cancer. Three caregivers will be chosen to attend Hockey Fights Cancer Night courtesy of Lahey Health. Submissions may be made now through Friday, October 21st on BostonBruins.com/HockeyFightsCancer.
Season ticket holders have kindly donated tickets for current pediatric patients, cancer survivors, and individuals who are supporters of those affected by cancer. Organizations who will be receiving tickets to the game include Boston Children's Hospital, Lahey Health, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Jimmy Fund, American Cancer Society and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children.
Lavender, which represents awareness for all forms of cancer, will be incorporated into the game in several ways. The Bruins coaches, management, as well as NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub broadcasters will all be wearing lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties. Bruins players will be using lavender stick tape during Thursday's game and will have Hockey Fight Cancer helmet decals throughout the month of October. Boston Bruins employees will also be wearing lavender ribbons.
The Boston Bruins Foundation will be raffling and auctioning off the team signed, warm-up worn purple jerseys both in game and online following the game. Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will benefit the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care. The Boston Bruins Foundation will also be holding a check presentation directly after the first period to honor the 2016 Pan-Mass Challenge team for raising a total of $211,125.00.
Patrice Bergeron will host pediatric cancer patients through his program, Patrice's Pals.
The Bruins will incorporate a number of in-game elements surrounding Hockey Fights Cancer presented by Lahey Health as well. Tommy Scardina, a 9-year-old boy from Marshfield, MA who was recently diagnosed with NUT Midline Carcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, will be participating in the ceremonial puck drop prior to the game. Tommy is undergoing treatment at Dana Faber and Boston Children's Hospital. The 8-Spoked Salute, presented by Massachusetts State Lottery, will honor cancer survivor and Worcester Police Officer Jonathan Daige who served in Iraq in the U.S. Army Reserves. Many cancer survivors will be in attendance like Carlie Gonzalez, who will be signing the National Anthem, was diagnosed with localized Ewing Sarcoma last October.