VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Vancouver Canucks announced today their initiative to promote the National Hockey League’s cancer awareness program. The club will host its Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night on Sunday, October 25, 2009 during their home game versus the Edmonton Oilers.
Cancer patients and their families from BC Children’s Hospital will attend the game as special guests in Lui’s Crease Club charity suite. In addition, members of the Canadian Cancer Society, the BC Cancer Agency and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation will have display tables on the concourse offering fans the opportunity to learn about various cancers and to make donations.
In support of the initiative, Canucks players will be wearing Hockey Fights Cancer decals on the back of their helmets for all games during the month of October.
Additionally, Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis, as well as members of the coaching staff and team broadcasters will be wearing lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties on Sunday night to show support for the initiative. Lavender, which represents awareness for all cancers, is the designated colour for this year’s initiative.
Fans can also help support the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative by purchasing Hockey Fights Cancer hats from the Canucks Team Store. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.
Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint 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. Since being founded in 1998, Hockey Fights Cancer has raised more than $10.5 million.
Hockey Fights Cancer is a component of The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice, the National Hockey League’s and National Hockey League Players’ Association’s social responsibility program that builds on hockey’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.
For more information on the League-wide Hockey Fights Cancer program, please go to www.nhl.com.