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Boston Bruins to Participate in NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer Initiative

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA - As part of the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, the Boston Bruins will host pediatric cancer patients on Thursday, October 23, 2008 during their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Children from Mass General Hospital, Children's Hospital, The Jimmy Fund and The Floating Hospital (in conjunction with the Neely Foundation) will be in attendance at the game and will participate in a variety of activities throughout the evening. The activities will include Zamboni rides, a chance to watch warm-ups from the Boston Bruins bench and an opportunity to greet the team as they head out of the locker room to take the ice for the game. All in-game fundraising activities as well as proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will benefit The Neely Foundation.

Forward Phil Kessel, currently the Boston Bruins leading goal-scorer, will be joined by teammates Tim Thomas, Dennis Wideman, Marco Sturm and Bruins Vice President Cam Neely when he meets the children after the game to take photos and sign autographs. Kessel, 21, is a cancer survivor and was diagnosed during his rookie season with the Bruins. He was treated at Mass General Hospital in 2006.

In addition, throughout October members of the Bruins organization will be showing their support by wearing lavender. Lavender, which represents awareness for all cancers, is the designated color for this year's initiative. Boston Bruins coaches, broadcasters and team personnel will wear a commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer tie at games in October. The lavender tie features blue and pink stripes and an embroidered Hockey Fights Cancer logo.

All NHL players will also wear a Hockey Fights Cancer decal on their helmets during all regular-season games in October to show their support for the initiative.

About Hockey Fights Cancer
Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association. It is supported by players, NHL member clubs, NHL alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, professional hockey athletic trainers and equipment managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. The goal of Hockey Fights Cancer is to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. To date, Hockey Fights Cancer has raised more than $10 million.
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