MONTRÉAL – Throughout the month of October the Montreal Canadiens will undertake several initiatives to emphasize the courage of those fighting cancer as the NHL marks the 10th anniversary of Hockey Fights Cancer. The numerous initiatives include hosting cancer-stricken children to each of the Canadiens five home games at the Bell Centre during the month.
The Canadiens’ Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month kicked off last September 30 with spouses of the Montreal Canadiens players taking part in the annual Run for the Cure event in support of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. Thanks to the 20,000 dynamic participants running in the Montreal event $1.6 million was raised for the cause.
Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night As part of the League-wide initiatives, the Montreal Canadiens dedicate a home game to cancer-stricken children. The Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night will take place on Saturday October 20 when the Buffalo Sabres will be at the Bell Centre to play the Canadiens. On that night two young children from Leucan will present the King Clancy Memorial Award to Saku Koivu. The Canadiens captain is the 2006-07 recipient of the award presented annually to the player who best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. On that night members of the hockey family, including the coaching staff, team management and RDS broadcasters will wear pink Hockey Fights Cancer ties. Furthermore, the young guests attending the game from Alex Kovalev’s suite will have the opportunity to enjoy Zamboni rides and get acquainted with some players after the game.
Leucan Takes Centre Ice On October 29, as many as 40 children from Leucan will enjoy a truly special day at the Bell Centre. Upon their arrival, they will team up with Bob Gainey, Saku Koivu and Mike Komisarek for a group photo. The kids will then be invited to attend an annual tradition as they will witness the Canadiens’ team photo before watching the team practice. Lunch and activities, including a visit of the Canadiens dressing room and a player meet-and-greet are also on the agenda.
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 cancer research. Since 1998, the program has raised in excess of $9 million for various hospitals for children and cancer research in Canada.