Founded in 1998 by the National Hockey League® and the National Hockey League Players' Association, Hockey Fights Cancer™ (HFC) unites the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families. The initiative gets an assist from players, coaches, officials, equipment managers, front office staff, corporate partners, and fans. Together, the hockey family looks to inspire hope and courage for those who are living with, going through, and moving past cancer.
November is Hockey Fights Cancer Month across the NHL. Each of the 31 NHL Clubs will celebrate their own Hockey Fights Cancer Night. In addition to other HFC activations and messaging, these games will feature lavender dasher boards (lavender representing all cancers), and coaches and broadcasters will be wearing HFC ties. Players celebrating their Hockey Fights Cancer Night will wear special Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys and use lavender stick tape during warmups.
Hockey Fights Cancer will, once again, help the American Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, and Movember Foundation provide a better quality of life for patients, caregivers, and their families.
Through American Cancer Society (ACS), Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and Movember, donations to Hockey Fights Cancer support people affected by cancer, their families and caregivers. Some of the many ways include:
Lodging - Cancer patients and their families often need to travel away from home to get their treatments, some lasting weeks or months. Donations to Hockey Fights Cancer help ACS and CCS provide cancer patients and caregivers with a welcoming, caring place to stay while traveling for necessary treatment in the United States and Canada. Funds raised through Hockey Fights Cancer during the 2018-2019 season helped provide over 33,000 nights of free lodging for patients and their caregivers.
Transportation - Getting to and from appointments can be a source of stress for many patients with cancer. To help relieve this burden, donations through Hockey Fights Cancer from the 2018-2019 season help ACS and CCS provide over 64,000 rides to treatment for patients, free of charge.
Vital Programs - ACS 24/7 helpline, CCS cancer information service, and trustworthy websites; cancer.org and cancer.ca, help answer questions and provide support to those affected by cancer. The 24/7 helpline responds to 1.4 million inquiries annually.
Symptom Management Support - Funds raised through Hockey Fights Cancer during the 2018-19 season helped Movember provide free symptom management support before and after treatment to over 1,300 men with prostate cancer across the United States and Canada.