MONTREAL – As part of the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer Program, the Montreal Canadiens have undertaken several initiatives to emphasize the courage of those living with cancer and raise awareness for a cause that affects almost one out of two citizens 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 – Sunday, November 1, 2015
On Sunday, November 1, as part of a League-wide initiative, the Montreal Canadiens will devote their home game against the Winnipeg Jets to children members of Leucan, an association that dedicated itself over the past 35 years to help cancer-striken children and their families believe in a brighter future. Several corporate suite holders at the Bell Centre will provide their support to the Montreal Canadiens’ organization in this initiative by hosting more than 70 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! For the occasion, the coaching staff, team management and RDS broadcasters will be wearing specially designed lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties. For 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 held in the Director’s Lounge at the Bell Centre.
Movember – Men’s cancer and mental health – November 1 to 30, 2015
Starting November 1, some Montreal Canadiens players will participate in the Movember campaign to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health. Fans who wish to join the Mo Habs Mo team are invited to do so by registering on the Movember website: https://ca.movember.com/mospace/team/2056361/. The November 3 game against the Ottawa Senators will be dedicated to Movember. In order to showcase the best looking mustaches, a booth will be located behind 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!
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada – Thursday, November 5, 2015
As national partner of the campaign, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada will take centre stage on Thursday, November 5, when the New York Islanders will be in Montreal to play the Canadiens. On that night, several actions will take place behind section 103 prior to the opening face-off and throughout the game to provide 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.
PROCURE – Saturday, November 7, 2015
On November 7, the Montreal Canadiens will dedicate their home game against their rivals from Boston to PROCURE, a new organization supported by the team as part of the Hockey Fights Cancer Program. On that night, a booth located across section 103 will provide information on PROCURE’s mission of providing science and humanity with means to help prevent and cure prostate cancer.