MONTREAL - Throughout the month of January, the Montreal Canadiens will pay tribute to the courage of those fighting cancer through activities that are part of the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative during home games at the Bell Centre.
A Blankie for Gaby
Prior to the January 6 game against the New York Rangers and the January 7 game against the New Jersey Devils, the Canadiens' players wives and girlfriends will be collecting blankets for children undergoing chemotherapy. The public is encouraged to donate new blankets during these games presented at the Bell Centre. The blankets will go to the children of Leucan treated at the CHU Sainte-Justine, the Montreal Children's Hospital, the CHU Sherbrooke and the Centre Mère-Enfant (CHUQ) of Quebec City.
Tribute to the children of Leucan
On Saturday January 20, during the game against the Buffalo Sabres, the Montreal Canadiens will conclude its activities by paying tribute to the courage and determination of the numerous children suffering from cancer. For the occasion, some will become flag bearers and others will ride the Zamboni during the intermissions. Many companies that are private suite owners at the Bell Centre will be supporting the Montreal Canadiens organization in this initiative by hosting these children and their parents in their suites during the evening. Dedicated partner of Canadiens in this initiative since its creation, RDS will offer a night to remember to their young guests, who will have the chance to visit the television studios and the press gallery as well as trying out play-by-play with Pierre Houde and Yvon Pedneault.
Every year, the Montreal Canadiens participate in Hockey Fights Cancer, a joint charitable initiative between the National Hockey League, its teams, and the Player's Association, which was created to raise awareness of the disease and funds for cancer research. Since its inception in 1998, more than $2 million has been donated to various children's hospitals and cancer research in Canada.