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Hockey Fights Cancer Night is Sunday

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks will host Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night this Sunday, Oct. 19 at Honda Center. The Ducks join a league-wide initiative in honoring Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month for the 11th year by devoting a contest in the month of October (vs. Carolina, 5:05 p.m.) to raising funds for fighting cancer, benefiting the Michael O’Donnell Memorial Fund at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“Cancer has affected virtually every member of the Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center family,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/COO Tim Ryan. “We remain committed to raising funds in Mike’s name for the Norris Center.”

Prior to the game in the Ducks Sunday Hockey Scene, the team will be selling Ducks lavender mini-sticks, which will individually be autographed by a member of the Anaheim Ducks.  Mini-sticks will be available for $20 each. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Mike O’Donnell Memorial Fund at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

For more information regarding the Hockey Fights Cancer Anaheim Ducks lavender mini-stick sale, please contact the Anaheim Ducks Community Relations department at 1-877-WILD WING.

Ducks executive management, coaches, broadcasters and staff will wear commemorative lavender ties and scarves for Sunday evening’s game in honor of the cause. Ducks players will also sport Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) decals on their helmets throughout the month of October. Various fundraising activities will take place during the evening, including the sale of lavender player-autographed mini-sticks and a silent auction of Ducks autographed merchandise. An online auction of autographed player helmets (with HFC decal) will also be held at the end of the month. Proceeds from all fundraising activities will benefit the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. O’Donnell, the Memorial Fund’s namesake, spent 14 years with Honda Center ultimately serving as the arena’s Senior Vice President and General Manager. After a three-year battle with cancer, he passed away in August 2007. In addition, HFC commemorative merchandise will be sold at the Ducks Team Store to benefit the NHL’s HFC Fund.

The Ducks will recognize Yolee Casagrande, R.N., O.C.N. as this year’s HFC Awareness Night’s Community Hero. Casagrande specializes in the care of patients with colon cancer and other ailments such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Beyond her expertise as an oncology nurse specialist, she has dedicated herself to the education and support of hospital nursing personnel. Practicing for over 18 years, Casagrande has also volunteered her time in Mexico with the Flying Samaritans, provided nursing support for Ronald McDonald’s Camp Good Times for Kids with Cancer and many other nonprofit organizations.


Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint 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. Hockey Fights Cancer 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. To date, more than $7 million has been raised to support local cancer research organizations as well as the American Cancer Society and Canadian Cancer Society national organizations.

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