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 the Hockey Fights Cancer Month across the NHL. Each of the 31 NHL Clubs celebrate their own Hockey Fights Cancer Night. In addition to other HFC activations and messaging, these games will feature lavender dasher boards and coaches and broadcasters will be wearing HFC ties. Players on the team 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 American Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society and the 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 long distances to seek specialized treatments that can take weeks or months. Fan donations to HFC help provide cancer patients and caregivers with a welcoming, caring place to stay when traveling away from home for necessary treatment in US and Canada. In fact, donations through HFC during the 2017-18 season are helping ACS provide over 5,000 nights of lodging for patients and their caregivers
Transportation - Getting to and from appointments is a source of stress for many patients. To help relieve this burden, donations through Hockey Fights Cancer from the 2017-18 season will allow ACS & CCS to provide over 15,000 rides to treatment for patients, free of charge
Round the Clock Support - Vital programs, such as 24/7 help lines with cancer information specialists, are designed to improve the quality of life and the emotional support needed for those affected by cancer, including patients, spouses, caregivers, parents and their children
Symptom Management Support - Donations through Hockey Fights Cancer during the 2017-18 season helped Movember provide free symptom management support before and after treatment to over 1,300 men with prostate cancer across US and Canada