Each October is the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) month. The Ducks will host their own HFC Awareness Night at Honda Center this Sunday, Oct. 17 vs. Phoenix (5:05 p.m.) at Honda Center. This season, the club will highlight the Orange County/Inland Empire chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The club will recognize/raise funds for HFC Awareness Night in a number of ways:
- In a pre-game ceremony, the Ducks will honor Dr. Jeffrey Pulver, the Ducks long-time oral surgeon who succumbed to cancer this past June after a 14-year battle. An original member of the Ducks’ medical staff, Pulver’s family will be at center ice for the recognition.
- In an on-ice presentation, the Ducks will recognize a Community Hero – Dr. Jay Lieberman. Dr. Lieberman will be recognized for his dedication to LLS. He recently volunteered as Corporate Walk Chair for 2010 Light the Night, leading an 11-person executive committee in raising more than $700,000 for the Orange County Light the Night Walk. Dr. Lieberman is the Medical Director, Infectious Diseases at Quest Diagnostics and Medical Director at Focus Diagnostics.
- Ducks center Saku Koivu
and left wing Jason Blake
will join LLS representatives for a ceremonial puck drop at center ice. Both Koivu and Blake are cancer survivors.
- The Ducks will present a $10,000 check from the HFC fund to LLS.
- Throughout the game (and month of October), fans can text “HFC” to “90999” for a one-time $5 donation to LLS.
- An in-game silent auction of Ducks autographed merchandise will take place on the concourse near Section 212 with all proceeds donated to LLS.
- Ducks coaches, management and broadcasters and staff will wear official lavender HFC ties. Ducks staff, ushers and security staff will wear lavender ribbons. Ducks Power Players will also wear LLS t-shirts. In addition, the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a lavender ribbon.
- LLS representatives will take part in the evening’s in-game activities such as the Honorary Duck, Honorary Power Player and Honorary Broadcaster.
- Ducks players will be wearing HFC lavender decals on their helmets in support of the cause.
- In-arena recognition for fans in attendance that have battled cancer. Public service announcements will also take place throughout the game.
About Hockey Fights Cancer
• Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) is a joint initiative founded in December 1998 by the NHL and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA). It is supported by 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 mission of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS has dedicated itself to being one of the top-rated voluntary health agencies in terms of dollars that directly fun their mission.
• Hockey Fights Cancer’s goal is to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. To date, HFC has raised more than $11 million to support national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations.
• HFC is 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.
• HFC receives funds from club initiatives, NHL fundraisers and events and fan donations. Fans interested in donating or learning more about HFC can visit hockeyfightscancer.com. HFC also receives funds from the sale of HFC-themed merchandise (such as commemorative ties, scarves, caps, t-shirts, etc.).
• The NHL distributes HFC funds through charitable grants to national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations.
• Lavender, which represents awareness for all types of cancers, is the designated color the initiative.