CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night will be on Tuesday, October 18 when the Flames face off against the Edmonton Oilers.
The Flames will support this NHL initiative with the proceeds of Tuesday’s Flames Foundation for Life’s 50-50 raffle sales directed to Hockey Fights Cancer. Last season’s Flames Foundation’s 50-50 proceeds directed over $18,000 to Hockey Fights Cancer.Proceeds from the sales of Hockey Fights Cancer apparel, including ties, available in FanAttic stores during October will also be directed to Hockey Fights Cancer. A pre-game ceremonial puck drop will also take place with a youth participant from the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
For this season’s month-long initiative, the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) have again partnered with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Prostate Cancer Canada, ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to raise funds and awareness for this important cause. The NHL and the NHLPA will distribute more than $200,000 in grants to these four organizations as well as local cancer charities in all 30 NHL markets. For the 14th straight year, the NHL and the NHLPA will mobilize the entire hockey community in hopes of exceeding the $1.1 million raised and donated as part of last year’s efforts.
In addition to the above, each of the 30 Member Clubs received a $5,000 charitable grant to be donated to a local cancer research organization. The Calgary Flames through the Flames Foundation for Life have directed this grant to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.
Lavender, which represents awareness for all cancers, continues to be the designated color for the initiative and will be worn by the hockey community throughout October. All NHL players will wear a Hockey Fights Cancer decal on their helmets during games in October.
Fans can also donate to the cause via mobile phone by texting HFC to 45678 to make a $5 CDN donation to the Canadian chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A one-time charge of $5 CDN will be added to the donor’s mobile phone bill. Message and data rates may apply.
Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association. The goal of Hockey Fights Cancer is to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. To date, Hockey Fights Cancer has raised more than $12 million.