MONTREAL – On Saturday October 30, the Montreal Canadiens will pay tribute to children fighting cancer as part of the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer Program. This home game will be dedicated to children members of Leucan, an association whose mission is to help cancer-stricken children and their families believe in a brighter future.
On that occasion, the coaching staff, team management and RDS broadcasters will be wearing lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties. A total of 46 companies who own private suites at the Bell Centre will be supporting the Montreal Canadiens’ organization in this initiative by hosting 71 young members of Leucan and their parents in their suites. Children and their parents will attend a pre-game reception hosted by the players’ wives and girlfriends, during which a $10,000 donation will be made to Leucan on behalf of the NHL and the Hockey Fights Cancer Program. The evening will come to an end as the young guests will enjoy a post-game meet and greet with a few players and team mascot Youppi!.
A dedicated partner of the Canadiens in this initiative since its inception, RDS will offer a night to remember to some of the young guests who will have the opportunity to watch the game from the RDS suite, visit the broadcasting studios and the press gallery before calling the play-by-play with Pierre Houde and Benoit Brunet. Various RDS personalities will also be attending the pre-game reception to meet with all the children of Leucan and participate in the distribution of souvenir gifts. Radio rights holders CKAC Sports and CJAD will also welcome children for interviews during intermissions.
Since the creation of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer program eleven years ago, the Montreal Canadiens have teamed up with all NHL clubs and the NHLPA as active participants in this annual event to promote public awareness and raise funds for organizations involved in cancer care and research in North America. Since 1998 the program has raised in excess of $11 million. SEE ALSODepth perception Team victory for Habs