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 citizens in Quebec. Since the inception of this program, the Montreal Canadiens have teamed up with all NHL member 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 research in North America.
Canadiens Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night with Leucan – Saturday October 26, 2013
As part of a League-wide initiative, the Montreal Canadiens dedicate a home game to children members of Leucan, an association dedicated to helping cancer-stricken children and their families believe in a brighter future. This special evening will take place on Saturday October 26 when the San Jose Sharks will visit the Bell Centre to play the Canadiens. For the occasion, the coaching staff, team management as well as RDS broadcasters will be wearing custom woven lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties featuring a hockey player logo throughout. Several corporations that own private suites at the Bell Centre will be supporting the Montreal Canadiens’ organization in this initiative by hosting 53 young members of Leucan and their parents in their suites 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 a few players along with team mascot Youppi! 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. Furthermore, an online auction starting in November on auctions.nhl.com and featuring lavender tapped sticks of team captains, assistant captains and starting goaltender from each team will help raise additional funds for the program.
A committed partner of the Canadiens in this initiative since its inception, official broadcaster RDS will provide a night to remember to some of the young guests who will enjoy the opportunity to visit the broadcasting and production studios or call the play-by-play alongside Pierre Houde. Several RDS personalities will also be attending the pre-game reception to meet the children of Leucan and hand out souvenir gifts.
Movember – Men’s cancer and mental health – November 1st to 30, 2013
Starting on November 1st, Montreal Canadiens players will participate in the Movember campaign to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health. After losing its friendly bet with the Vancouver Canucks in November 2012, the Canadiens are hoping to have the upper hand on their western rival. Toward that goal, this year’s spokesperson George Parros and the players invite all to join the Habs Movember team by registering at http://moteam.co/les-canadiens-de-montreal.