MONTREAL - Throughout the month of January, the Montreal Canadiens will pay tribute to the courage of those fighting cancer through activities that are part of the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative during home games at the Bell Centre.
Mr. Jean Béliveau and Canadiens captain Saku Koivu will act as spokesmen for the awareness campaign, which will be launched during the pre-game ceremony prior the Canadiens' game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 3. Accompanied by Mr. Béliveau, Koivu will donate $25,000, which he received from the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation when he won the Jean-Béliveau Trophy for his commitment to the community during the 2003-04 season, to Leucan.
The Montreal Canadiens family is happy to raise awareness for this noble cause, and as such, each home game in January will be dedicated to those fighting cancer. Public service announcements will be made in the Bell Centre during these games, as well as on the airwaves of RDS, CKAC, and CJAD.
A blankie for Gaby
Prior to the January 7 game against the Ottawa Senators and the January 14 game against the San Jose Sharks, the Canadiens' players wives and girlfriends will be collecting blankets for children undergoing chemotherapy. The public is encouraged to donate new blankets or money during these games, or at the Bell Centre ticket office between January 7 and 14.
Cops Against Cancer
The solidarity of policemen will be honored on January 16 during the game against the Dallas Stars when they take part in the Cops Against Cancer shave-a-thon to profit the Canadian Cancer Society. Canadiens' defenseman Mike Komisarek and Jacques Demers, RDS' hockey analyst, will act as spokesmen for the activity. The last three editions of this event raised close to $150,000 for cancer research.
Tribute to the children of Leucan
Throughout the month, José Théodore will be welcoming kids from Leucan in his private suite. On January 31, during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Montreal Canadiens will conclude its activities by paying tribute to the courage and determination of the numerous children suffering from cancer. Many companies that are private suite owners at the Bell Centre will be supporting the Montreal Canadiens' organization in this initiative by hosting these children and their parents in their suites during the evening.
Every year, the Montreal Canadiens participate in Hockey Fights Cancer, a joint charitable initiative between the National Hockey League, its teams, and the Player's Association, which was created to raise awareness of the disease and funds for cancer research. Since its inception in 1998, more than $2 million has been donated to various children's hospitals and cancer research in Canada.