This month-long awareness initiative is supported by all 31 teams and unites the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families. Together, the hockey community looks to inspire hope and courage for those who are living with, going through and moving past cancer.
Canucks players wore lavender jerseys for warm up. These jerseys have been autographed and are up for auction, with proceeds supporting Camp Goodtimes, a safety-focused, medically supervised, fun and recreational experience for children and youth with cancer and their families.
The Canucks Team Store is selling Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys and pucks with proceeds supporting the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.
Erik Gudbranson is raising funds for Movember, a Hockey Fights Cancer partner charity. Donations of $50 or more will be entered into a draw for game tickets and a meet and greet!
The Canucks hosted oncology patients, doctors, researchers and volunteers in suites and seats throughout Rogers Arena recognizing their ongoing efforts to battle cancer. A young cancer patient and his family took part in a ceremonial puck drop, a cancer patient from Camp Goodtimes watched warm-up from the penalty box and received Michael Del Zotto's signed stick, a patient from BC Children's Hospital watched warm-up from the players bench as part of the Toyota Junior Trainer program, and a patient from BC Children's Hospital was Alex Edler's guest in the Eagle's Nest.
Lavender, which represents awareness for all forms of cancer, was featured in several ways:
Hockey Fights Cancer is a charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association. It is supported by players, NHL member clubs, NHL alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, professional hockey athletic trainers and equipment managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. The goal of Hockey Fights Cancer is to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. To date, through the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, the NHL's U.S. and Canadian charitable foundations and NHL supporters and fans have donated more than $14 million to support national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations. For more information about Hockey Fights Cancer, please visit www.HockeyFightsCancer.com.