BOSTON, MA - The Boston Bruins will host Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by Lahey Health on Thursday, October 25 vs. the Philadelphia Flyers at 7:00 p.m. Bruins season ticket holders have kindly donated tickets for current pediatric patients, cancer survivors, supporters of those affected by cancer to come to the game.
Performing the national anthem will be Briana Burgess, a 36-year-old cancer survivor from Londonderry, NH. She was unexpectedly diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2015. She recently celebrated three years in remission. She is a certified forensic interviewer and is obtaining her Masters in Forensic Psychology.
Lavender, which represents awareness for all forms of cancer, will be incorporated into the game in several ways. The team will wear lavender Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys while taking warmups. 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 warmups at Thursday's game and will have Hockey Fights 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 player-signed lavender warmup jerseys both in-game and online following the game. Fans can visit BruinsAuctions.org to bid on certain player-worn jerseys. Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will benefit the American Cancer Society. Fans can visit BruinsRaffles.org to purchase 50/50 raffle tickets and enter raffles for player-worn jerseys. Mystery Pucks are being sold for $20 with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.
Boston Bruins fans attending the game will have the opportunity to personalize "I Fight For" cards prior to the start of the game and leading up to the first intermission. The cards will be available HERE, at turnstiles, the Community Relations table at Loge 4 on the concourse, and at various tables located on the loge and balcony concourses. Fans will be invited to display their "I Fight For" cards during a moment of recognition in the second period.
The Boston Bruins Foundation and the 2018 Boston Bruins Foundation Pan Mass Challenge Team will present the Pan Mass Challenge with a check for $420,000, raised by the Bruins team. This year marked the 13th year that 40 riders participated in the PMC on behalf of the Boston Bruins Foundation.
Fans can show their support for those fighting cancer by wearing the official Bruins Hockey Fights Cancer lavender gear, including Bruins Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys, as well as knits, hats, and t-shirts, available for purchase at the ProShop on Level 2 of TD Garden or BostonProShop.com.
The 8-Spoked Salute recipient will be Colonel Matthew Smith of Vermont. Colonel Smith has served in the United States Air Force for over 26 years. He is currently the Commander of the US Air Force ROTC Detachment and professor of aerospace at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. His 16-year-old son Peyton is currently undergoing treatment for Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of pediatric bone cancer, in Boston.
Fans were encouraged to nominate a caregiver who has gone above and beyond in the fight against cancer.Kristi Toczylowski is a nurse at the Winchester Hospital Hematology/Oncology Center, a member of Lahey Health. She was nominated by her daughter Sarah. She has worked as a nurse for over 40 years. She will be recognized in-game by the Bruins and Lahey Health for her hard worked and dedication.
Tim Zeena of Boxborough, MA will be honored by riding the ice resurfacer during the first intermission. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in January 2017. After undergoing four months of chemotherapy, he was disease-free. In August 2018 he had a recurrence and recently completed two cycles of chemotherapy and will undergo a stem cell transplant in November.
Margaret Walsh, the Executive Assistant to the Director of the Lahey Health Cancer Institute and a lung cancer widow and survivor, will be honored by riding the ice resurfacer during the second intermission. After being diagnosed with lung cancer exactly one year ago on October 25, 2017 and losing her husband to lung cancer one day before her own diagnosis, she is now able to resume her normal activities and lifestyle.