RALEIGH, NC—Doug Warf, Director of Community Relations for the Carolina Hurricanes and Executive Director of the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, today announced that the team will hold its annual Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Game on Friday, Oct. 9, as the Hurricanes host the Florida Panthers at the RBC Center at 7 p.m.
Cervical cancer survivor Julie Walker, wife of Hurricanes forward Scott Walker, and the couple’s children Cooper and Anna, will perform “Siren Sounder” duties to kick off Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Uterine cancer survivor Brenda Leek will sing the national anthem and lymphoma survivor and Raleigh Youth Hockey Association member Connor Johnson will be the Time Warner Cable “Starter of the Game.”
During the game, Hurricanes head athletic trainer/strength and conditioning coach Peter Friesen will present a check from the Friesen 5k to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Hurricanes center Eric Staal will host children cancer patients from the UNC Cancer Center in his suite as a part of his charitable initiative, “Eric’s Entourage.” Along with Friesen’s and Staal’s individual efforts, the Hurricanes will present 10 agencies with special Hockey Fights Cancer gifts, and young adults from St. Baldrick’s Foundation will ride the Olympia ice resurfacers. Ten different cancer organizations will have tables throughout the RBC Center, and Rex Hospital’s Mobile Mammography unit will be located on the south side of the arena.
Throughout October, all Hurricanes players will wear Hockey Fights Cancer decals on the back left area of their helmets. Head Coach Paul Maurice and his staff will be wearing lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties, as lavender is the official color of cancer awareness. Fans can purchase the HFC tie and other HFC-themed merchandise, including ladies’ scarves, New Era ladies’ caps, and Reebok men’s caps, at http://shop.nhl.com. Portions of the proceeds from the sales of all HFC merchandise items will benefit Hockey Fights Cancer.
Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association. It is supported by players, 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 goal of Hockey Fights Cancer is to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research, Children’s Hospitals, and player charities. To date, Hockey Fights Cancer has raised more than $10.5 million.