NEWARK, N.J. (Nov. 22, 2017) - Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils will support the National Hockey League and NHL Players' Association's annual Cancer Awareness Month initiative, Hockey Fights Cancer, on Friday, Nov. 24 when the Devils host the Vancouver Canucks at 7 p.m. This night comes after the off-season news that Devils' forward Brian Boyle was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid/Myelogenous Leukemia during training camp.
Devils' Hockey Fights Cancer Night features a variety of activities throughout the evening to raise awareness for research and money for Hockey Fights Cancer and The Valerie Fund Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The Devils will also work with Brian Boyle to send donations from the Hockey Fights Cancer initiatives to the charity of his choice. The Valerie Fund is an organization that provides comprehensive care to children with cancer and blood disorders and their families in centers at seven pediatric hospitals in New Jersey, New York and metro Philadelphia. For more information and to purchase tickets to the game, please visit NewJerseyDevils.com/HFC.
How Fans Can Support the Devils Fight Against Cancer
Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to raise money for cancer awareness in the following ways:
• Fans will have the opportunity to buy player-signed HFC mystery pucks for $20 each on the main concourse, across from sections 18/21, from Devils players' wives and girlfriends.
• Purchase Hockey Fights Cancer t-shirts on the main concourse, across from sections 18/21, and a full line of Hockey Fights Cancer merchandise will be available at Devils Den Team Store locations throughout the arena.
• Purchase of 50/50 raffle tickets will benefit the night's fundraising efforts.
• Upgrade seats via the mobile app. Proceeds from upgrades will be donated to the night's fundraising efforts.
• Visit NewJerseyDevils.com/HFC to make a donation and receive two (2) complementary tickets to a future Devils home game.
Devils In-Game Recognition
• Center Brian Boyle will take the ceremonial faceoff. The puck will be dropped by Boyle's family and a youth patient from the Valerie Fund Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
• Montclair resident, Aeisha Rokes, will be honored as Hero of the Game. Rokes recently underwent a successful surgery to remove a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor following the birth of her second son in February. The surgery was performed by Dr. Russell Langan of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, a RWJBarnabas Health facility.
• Samantha Dango, from Cranford, will perform the National Anthem and will be accompanied by her mother and father, who are both cancer survivors.
• Select youth patients from the Valerie Fund Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, will stand alongside Devils starters for the national anthem, participate as Zamboni Riders of the Game and one patient will have the chance to be Coach for the Day.
Hockey Fights Cancer Ribbons for Fans
Fans in attendance will receive a Hockey Fights Cancer ribbon that will be distributed by volunteers at entrances around the arena.
Hockey Fights Cancer Charity Auction & Lavender Takeover
• Devils players will wear lavender warm-up jerseys and use lavender-taped sticks during pre-game, which will be signed and auctioned-off at NewJerseyDevils.com/HFC starting Nov. 24 until Dec. 2.
• Each Devils Hockey Fights Cancer warm-up jersey will feature a 'Boyle Strong 11' Patch on the left shoulder where traditionally a player's individual number would be.
• Devils players will wear league-issued Hockey Fights Cancer apparel in the locker room and each player will have a personalized HFC-Boyle Strong 'I Fight For…' Lavender Nameplate
• Prudential Center tower entrances will be lit with lavender and all LED displays and graphics in the arena will be converted to the color.
Devils Social Support
• Devils players, including Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique and Kyle Palmieri, will encourage fans to retweet their "I Fight For" posts by making a donation to Hockey Fights Cancer for every retweet.
• @NJDevils Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat will completely convert to the Hockey Fights Cancer lavender theme.
• Fans can use the #HockeyFightsCancer hashtag and mention @NJDevils for a chance to be featured in the fan gallery on the Hockey Fights Cancer webpage.
NHL Network will be airing interviews throughout November of NHL players and their family members affected by cancer. Devils forward Jimmy Hayes, whose parents are both cancer survivors, is featured. All participants shared their stories to inspire others to take notice, and action in the fight against cancer. Boyle's story will continue to be featured in national and local media.
About Hockey Fights Cancer
Hockey Fights Cancer™ is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. To date, through the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, the NHL's US and Canadian charitable foundations and NHL supporters and fans have donated more than $15 million to support national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations. The Hockey Fights Cancer program is also a component of the NHL's "Biggest Assist Happens Off the Ice" campaign - the League's long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world. The Hockey Fights Cancer program is supported by NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. For more information about Hockey Fights Cancer, visit HockeyFightsCancer.com.