MONTREAL – As part of the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer Program, the Montreal Canadiens have undertaken several initiatives in the to emphasize the courage of those living with cancer and raise awareness and funds for a cause that affects almost one out of two persons in Quebec. Every year the Montreal Canadiens team up with all NHL member clubs and the NHLPA and participate in this annual event to promote public awareness and raise funds for organizations involved in cancer care and research in North America.
Leucan – Saturday, October 25, 2014
On Saturday October 25, 2014, as part of a League-wide initiative, the Montreal Canadiens will dedicate their home game against the New York Rangers to children members of Leucan, an association that dedicated itself over the past 35 years to help cancer-stricken children and their families believe in a brighter future. For this game, the coaching staff and team management will be wearing a lavender tie featuring the Hockey Fights Cancer logo. Corporations with private suites at the Bell Centre will be supporting the Montreal Canadiens’ organization in this initiative by hosting 65 young members of Leucan and their parents for the game. Children and their parents will attend a pre-game reception hosted by the players’ spouses and enjoy a post-game meet and greet with some players along with team mascot Youppi! At the game-day skate, players will be wearing lavender jerseys to show their support to this worthy cause. In addition, the National Hockey League will make a $5,000 donation to Leucan at a pre-game ceremony in the Director’s Lounge at the Bell Centre.
Néz pour vivre – Tuesday, November 4, 2014
The Montreal Canadiens also wish to make their fans aware of the needs of cancer-stricken adults from 18 to 30 years old by giving to Fondation Néz pour vivre. This organization founded in 2014 aims at filling the needs of these young adults suffering from cancer. On Tuesday November 4, when the Chicago Blackhawks will be in Montreal to play the Canadiens, several actions will be taking place prior to the opening face-off and throughout the game to introduce this foundation and its commitment to the cause.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada – Thursday November 13, 2014
A national partner of the campaign, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada will take centre stage on Thursday November 13 when the Canadiens will play host to their rivals from Boston. On that night, a booth located across section 103 will be providing information on LLSC’s mission of finding a cure to leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Young patients suffering from these diseases will have the opportunity to attend the Bruins-Canadiens game from the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation suite.
Movember – Men’s cancer and mental health – November 1 to 30, 2014
Starting on November 1, Montreal Canadiens players and members of the management team will grow a mustache to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health. Defenseman Mike Weaver, the Canadiens’ spokesperson for the campaign, invites all to join the Habs Movember team by registering at: http://ca.movember.com/fr/mospace/team/1535937/?id=1535937.
The November 15 game against the Philadelphia Flyers will be dedicated to Movember. Mo Bro going public! Indeed, in order to showcase the best looking mustaches, a booth will be located in section 103 of the Bell Centre where the public will be invited to have their photo taken and share it on social media using the hashtag #MoHabsMo. Gentlemen, drop your razors!