MONTREAL - Throughout the month of October the Montreal Canadiens have undertaken several initiatives to emphasize the courage of those fighting cancer as part of the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer Program. The Canadiens’ Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month kicked off October 5 when spouses of the Montreal Canadiens players took part in the annual Run for the Cure event in support of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation before hosting cancer stricken children to each of the Canadiens five home games at the Bell Centre.
Saturday October 25 – Canadiens/RDS Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night with Leucan
As part of League-wide initiatives, the Montreal Canadiens dedicate a home game to children members of Leucan, an association whose mission is to enhance the well-being, healing and recovery of children with cancer and provide support for their families. This special evening will take place on Saturday October 25 when the Anaheim Ducks will be at the Bell Centre to play the Canadiens. On that occasion, the coaching staff, team management and RDS broadcasters will be wearing lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties. Several companies who own private suites at the Bell Centre will be supporting the Montreal Canadiens’ organization in this initiative by hosting 50 young members of Leucan and their parents in their suites. Furthermore, some children will have the opportunity to participate in a pre-game ceremony or enjoy a Zamboni ride during intermissions.
A dedicated partner of the Canadiens in this initiative since its inception, RDS will offer a night to remember to their young guests who will be visiting the broadcasting studios and the press gallery before calling the play-by-play with Pierre Houde and Benoit Brunet. During a pre-game reception, Youppi!, and various RDS personalities will meet with all the children of Leucan and present each and everyone with a souvenir gift. Monday October 27 – A unique luncheon for the Fonds Jason
On Monday October 27, ten members of the Fonds Jason, a group supporting young adults in their fight against cancer, will attend the Canadiens’ team practice before enjoying a luncheon with Saku Koivu and Georges Laraque.
Since the creation of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer program ten 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 cancer research in North America. Since 1998 the program has raised in excess of $10 million.