RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes will hold their annual Hockey Fights Cancer awareness night, presented by UNC REX Healthcare, on Saturday, Nov. 23, when the team hosts the Florida Panthers at 7:00 p.m. Hurricanes coaches, broadcasters and team personnel will wear special Hockey Fights Cancer ties during the game, and the team will wear special Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys during its pre-game warm up. New this year, the names of over 400 individuals who have fought or are currently fighting will be featured within the numbers of the warm-up jerseys. In addition, these names will be featured on a special Canes-themed dasher board and some of the individuals, their friends, and families will participate in the Hurricanes fan tunnels prior to the game and prior to the second period. Corporate partners will show their support by changing their dasher boards to lavender for the game.
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Cancer awareness, research and support groups will be on the PNC Arena concourse to speak with fans and share their respective missions. Each group has nominated cancer survivors, patients, and individuals critical to the fight for gameday activities and in-game recognitions. The first 12,500 fans in attendance will receive an "I Fight For" card at the entrances and an "I Fight For" card banner where fans can add names will be on the concourse at Section 108 and Section 303. Fans will be asked to share their "I Fight For" card by holding it up during the second TV timeout of the second period (under the 10-minute mark).
Seven player baskets and other Hockey Fights Cancer themed items will be auctioned off at the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation's kiosk outside of section 129, and proceeds will be split among the cancer organizations in attendance. Each basket will include a player-worn HFC warm up jersey (to be signed at a later date) as well as other autographed items. The baskets for Jordan Staal and Jaccob Slavin will feature a "jersey off the back" experience that includes a post-game meet-and-greet with those players. The rest of the warm-up jerseys will be auctioned off through NHL Auctions starting on November 25.
The Carolina Hurricanes Foundation will sell 250 limited-edition, Hockey Fights Cancer mystery pucks for $30 at the kiosk outside of section 129. Each puck is signed by a Hurricanes player and comes with a certificate of authenticity and tax receipt. All proceeds benefit the Foundation.
The Hurricanes are partnering with The Blood Connection to host a blood drive prior to the game. The Blood Connection's mobile unit will be stationed in front of the PNC Arena Box Office from 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
About Hockey Fights Cancer
Hockey Fights Cancer unites the hockey community in support of cancer patients & their families. The initiative gets an assist from players, coaches, officials, broadcasters, equipment managers, front office staff, corporate partners & fans. Together, the hockey community looks to inspire hope and courage for those who are living with, going through & moving past cancer. The campaign is from November 1 - November 30 with each Club hosting an awareness night between those dates.