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The Canadiens join in the fight against cancer

Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month in the NHL

by Montreal Canadiens @CanadiensMTL / News Release

MONTREAL - As part of the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer™ Program, presented this year throughout the month of November across the League, the Montreal Canadiens are taking part in different initiatives to emphasize the courage of those living with cancer and raising funds and awareness for a cause that affects almost one out of two citizens in Quebec.

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On Saturday, November 25, the Montreal Canadiens will dedicate their home game against the Buffalo Sabers to children members of Leucan, an association that has dedicated itself over the past 35 years to helping cancer-stricken children and their families believe in a brighter future. Many corporate suite holders at the Bell Centre will provide their support to the Canadiens organization in this initiative by hosting more than 70 young members of Leucan and their parents in their suites for the game. The children and their parents will attend a pre-game reception hosted by the players' spouses and enjoy a post-game meet and greet with a few players along with team mascot Youppi! For the occasion, the coaching staff, team management and members of the organization will be wearing specially designed lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties. Players will wear lavender-coloured jerseys during the warm-up period, which will then be auctioned at for the benefit of Leucan.

With the desire to contribute to the campaign having been touched by the lives of children with cancer and their families, Jeff Petry has gathered a group of players who will participate in this year's Leucan Shaved Head Challenge. The Leucan Shaved Head Challenge is a major fundraiser for Leucan that engages the community in a spirit of solidarity to provide services to cancer-stricken children and their families and provides financial support for clinical research. By joining this initiative, Jeff and his teammates must put a price on their own head and raise donations from people around them such as friends and family. It is also a gesture of support for children whose body image is modified when chemotherapy provokes hair loss. On Wednesday, December 13, children from Leucan will shave the heads of the players after the morning practice. To support the team and donate to Leucan:

Throughout the month of November, some players, led by Brandon Davidson, a testicular cancer survivor, are participating in the Movember campaign to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health. To support their efforts:

About Hockey Fights Cancer™
Hockey Fights Cancer™ unites the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families. The initiative gets an assist from players, coaches, officials, broadcasters, equipment managers, front office staff, corporate partners, and fans. Together, the hockey community looks to inspire hope and courage for those who are living with, going through and moving past cancer. The program was founded in 1998 by the National Hockey League® and the National Hockey League Players' Association. Since its inception, the Hockey Fights Cancer programs of the National Hockey League Foundation (in the US) and the NHL Foundation (in Canada), along with NHL® Clubs, supporters and fans, have donated more than $18 million to support the cancer programs of national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local charities.

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