On Sunday, March 18th, the Anaheim Ducks and CHOC Children's will be hosting CHOC Night at Honda Center to help raise awareness and funds for the children's hospital, as the Ducks take on the New Jersey Devils.
This season, Ducks players will be wearing blue warm-up jerseys with a CHOC Children's patch in support of the children's hospital. The jersey auction will begin Monday, March 19th at 12pm PST, and will close on Tuesday, March 20th at 10am PST. To place a bid, text Ducks to 52182 or visit anaheimducks.com/ingameauctions.
At the game, CHOC Children's volunteers will once again be selling the fan-favorite, limited edition stuffed CHOCO bears (the CHOC mascot) outfitted in a matching Anaheim Ducks blue warm-up jersey autographed by a Ducks player. The CHOCO Bears featuring the Anaheim Ducks blue warm-up jersey will cost $70 each and will be available at the south entrance of the arena.
New to this season's CHOC Night sale, we will also be selling Anaheim Ducks blue warm-up CHOCO Bear jerseys separately (jersey only, CHOCO bear not included). On sale for $30, jerseys will include an arm's length of raffle tickets to win great prizes such as a CHOCO Bear in a team autographed jersey, a team autographed warm-up jersey and much more. There are limited quantities of CHOCO Bears and jerseys and will be sold first-come, first-served.
All proceeds from the event will benefit CHOC Children's and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital.
To support the Anaheim Ducks Foundation, the Ducks sold a commemorative series Surprise Puck Set featuring four limited edition Ducks pucks this season. The final puck sale - inspired by this season's Heroes Night Series - showed our appreciation for teachers and were available at the Friday, March 16th game against the Detroit Red Wings.
Fans picked an individually wrapped puck at random and received either a Ducks player-autographed commemorative puck or - for 23 lucky fans - a surprise Ducks player-autographed orange puck. The lucky winners of the Surprise Puck Sale also received an autographed jersey. In addition to the 23 lucky orange puck winners, there was one grand prize winner. The fan that selected the SoCal Honda Dealers blue puck won a 2017-18 team autographed jersey courtesy of SoCal Honda Dealers.
At the March 4th home game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Ducks hosted OC Animal Care Day to raise awareness for OC Animal Care, an open-admission animal shelter that provides temporary shelter and medical care for lost, owned or stray animals, and opportunities for the adoption of these animals.
Adoptable animals from OC Animal Care were on-hand for fans to meet in the Hockey Spot. OC Animal Care also had an information booth collected new or gently used towels or blankets, pet toys or pet food for the shelter animals. The Anaheim Ducks Foundation held an opportunity drawing to win autographed canvases featuring Ducks players with their furry best friends. In addition, the evening's silent auction proceeds benefited OC Animal Care.
As part of the OC Animal Night activities, the Team Store featured Ducks merchandise for your pets and Cogs for Dog apparel. Ducks forward, Andrew Cogliano has taken his love of animals and created Cogs for Dogs, a program dedicated to raising awareness for the need for animal adoption and rescue at OC Animal Care. On OC Animal Care Night, each Cogs for Dogs apparel and headwear purchase received an Andrew Cogliano autographed 5x7 Cogs for Dogs photo.
For more information on how you can support OC Animal Care, please visit, www.ocpetinfo.com.
The NHL designated February as Hockey is for Everyone month to reaffirm that the official policy of the sport is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the stands. Around the League and in our communities, we celebrate hockey's diversity and our unwavering commitment to respect for all.
Jacques Plante changed the position of goaltending in 1959 after being hit in the face with a puck and refusing to reenter the game without wearing a mask. A few years later, Gerry Cheevers took it one step further by drawing stitches on his plain white mask to represent every puck that would have hit him in the face otherwise. Ever since, goalie masks have become an art form, a blank canvas for players to creatively express their personality while honoring both their team and their individuality.
At the assembly for 250 students at Hermosa Drive Elementary School in Fullerton, Anaheim Ducks goalie coach, Sudarshan Maharaj and Fan Development Manager and former Women's US Olympic Goalie, Molly Schaus, shared their personal stories and what Hockey is for Everyone means to them through their masks' artwork.
After learning about the history of the mask and the unique stories of goalies who have come before, students were then challenged to reflect on their own lives and design a mask that tells their own story.
The winning student's design were featured on a special goalie mask worn by Ryan Miller at the Sunday, February 25th pre-game warm-up. The contest winner and additional two finalists were recognized in an on ice ceremony prior to the game. In addition, all of the student's submissions were on display as well as the winning mask in the Team Store window on the main concourse.
The Anaheim Ducks supported nonprofit organization, You Can Play, as part of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative at the February 21st home game against Dallas. Anaheim Ducks players used rainbow pride tape on their sticks during warm-ups to raise awareness and funds for You Can Play, which believes sports teams should focus on an athlete's skills, work ethic, and competitive spirit, not their sexual orientation or gender identity. Anaheim Ducks player sticks are up for auction and will close on Friday, February 23rd at 10am PST. To place a bid, text Ducks to 52182 or visit anaheimducks.com/ingameauctions.
In addition, the Anaheim Ducks Team Store has Ducks pride shirts available at the game for purchase and a portion of the proceeds will benefit OC Pride. Orange County LGBT Pride's Mission is to strengthen the identity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community within Orange County. They unite LGBTQ+ people, empower them to live openly with pride and promote respect for all.
The NHL's Hockey is for Everyone program reaffirms that the official policy of the sport is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the stands. Around the League and in our communities, we celebrate hockey's diversity and our unwavering commitment to respect for all. Year-round, the NHL supports Hockey is for Everyone nonprofit hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering underprivileged, marginalized and disadvantaged children an opportunity to play hockey, leveraging the sport to build character, foster positive values and develop important life skills. To learn more about the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone programs, please visit, nhl.com/hockeyisforeveryone.
To support the Anaheim Ducks Foundation and the Fallen Firefighters Relief Fund, the Ducks sold a commemorative series Surprise Puck Set featuring four limited edition Ducks pucks. The third puck sale - inspired by this season's Heroes Night Series - honored local Firefighters and were available at the Sunday, February 11th game.
Fans picked an individually wrapped puck at random and received either a Ducks player-autographed commemorative puck or - for 23 lucky fans - a surprise Ducks player-autographed orange puck. The lucky winners of the Surprise Puck Sale also received an autographed jersey.
The Ducks got into the holiday spirit and called all Ducks fans to help spread cheer in Orange County this past holiday season! The Ducks collected toys as part of the annual Anaheim Ducks Toy Drive at the December 6th, 8th and 11th home games. The Lady Ducks - wives and significant others of players and Hockey and Business Operations executives - assisted Anaheim Fire Department to collect new, unwrapped, toys, books and games to benefit the Spark of Love Toy Drive.
Toy Drive drop off locations were available between December 1st and December 13th at each of THE RINKS locations (Anaheim ICE, Corona Inline, Irvine Inline, Huntington Beach Inline, Westminster ICE, Yorba Linda ICE) as well as the Anaheim Ducks Team Store. Each person who dropped off a donation at THE RINKS received a 2-for-1 public skating pass (limit one pass per person redeemable at any of THE RINKS locations).
The Ducks and The RINKS also hosted a Holiday Toy Drive Skate on Wednesday, December 13th at The Rinks - Anaheim ICE. Fans that brought new, unwrapped, toys, books and games skated for free that evening and were also entered to win an Anaheim Ducks prize. The Street Team hosted ornament decorating for kids, and guests had the opportunity to skate alongside Wild Wing and the Power Players.
The Lady Ducks created one-of-a-kind, Ducks Player holiday ornaments that were auctioned at the December 8th home game against the Minnesota Wild.
In addition, the Lady Ducks also sold a limited number of Anaheim Ducks Foundation commemorative holiday ornaments made from Honda Center game-used glass for $15 each.
The Anaheim Ducks hosted a Hockey Fights Cancer Skate Night on Friday, November 17th at The RINKS - Anaheim ICE. Open Skate admission prices (Youth - $10, General - $12, Skate Rental - $5) benefited the Jessie Rees Foundation.
The mission for the Jessie Rees Foundation is to ensure every kid fighting cancer has the support to Never Ever Give Up! They fulfill their mission by CONNECTING with families, bringing AWARENESS to their stories, offering them helpful RESOURCES and sending the entire family continual doses of ENCOURAGEMENT throughout their journey.
Thursday, November 9th, the Anaheim Ducks honored United States military personnel and veterans through Military Appreciation Night presented by Pacific Premier Bank at Honda Center. This special game night pays tribute to local military and their families as well as raises awareness for United Heroes League, a nonprofit organization that supports military children to live active and healthy lives. In celebration of Military Appreciation Night, all fans in attendance received a complimentary Ducks-branded camouflage hat courtesy of Pacific Premier Bank.
Anaheim Ducks players wore wearing camouflage Ducks jerseys during the pre-game warm-up that are available for auction starting at 5pm PST on November 9th, until Friday, November 10th, at 3pm PST. To place a bid, text "Ducks" to 52182 or visit AnaheimDucks.com/ingameauctions. All proceeds will benefit the United Heroes League.
The game night also included representatives from United Heroes League participating in the evening's activities such as the Blue Line Skaters, Honorary Puck Drop, Honorary Duck, Stick Boy, Power Player, and the Community Hero Award. United Heroes League actively works to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in sports. So far they have helped over 40,000 military families keep or start their kids in sports, primarily in hockey and baseball.
The Ducks hosted Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Honda Center on Sunday, October 15th in support of the Jessie Rees Foundation. The Jessie Rees Foundation ensures every kid fighting cancer has the support to Never Ever Give Up and they provide children in hospitals around the world with fun-filled JoyJars as a way to send hope and joy to children fighting cancer. JoyJars are filled with a variety of toys and games, to help pass the time in the hospital. The Ducks are asked all fans in attendance to help fill these jars by participating in a JoyDrive and bringing "crazy socks for courageous kids" that are fun socks for the kids to enjoy. Drop off locations will be at South and Northeast doors. Each donor to the JoyDrive received one Chick-fil-A Digital Offer Card good for one (1) Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich or 8-count Nugget meal (includes waffle potato fries and drink). Value of Digital Offer Card is $7.00.
As part of the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Fights Cancer Night game night activities, the first 5,000 fans in attendance received a Jessie Rees Foundation Never Ever Give Up wristband. Also, for the game's Moment of Recognition, fans had the opportunity to honor loved ones that have battled the fight against cancer by filling out complimentary "I Fight For" tribute cards.
Fans also contributed to HFC Night by participating in the in-game auction featuring Ducks autographed Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys that were worn during the team's warm-up. Jerseys were available to bid on prior to the evening's game. All proceeds will benefited the Jessie Rees Foundation.
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