The New York Islanders are dropping the gloves Saturday night, when they host the Dallas Stars in the annual Hockey Fights Cancer night at Nassau Coliseum.
The night is a culmination of Hockey Fights Cancer month, which raises awareness and money to support the ongoing fight to end cancer. At earlier October home games, the Islanders hosted breast and prostate cancer awareness nights.
The team will wear special lavender jerseys during warm ups Saturday; the sweaters were auctioned off prior to the game, with all proceeds benefitting cancer research. The players will also use special lavender stick tape, while the coaching staff wears HFC ties. The team encourages fans to wear lavender to the game to show support for those affected by the disease.
The Islanders are also highlighting one special fan in attendance at the game via the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Dale Lillibridge, a young Islanders fan currently battling cancer, wished to be an Islanders season-ticket holder. The foundation purchased the tickets for the young fan for the entire season. As an added bonus, Lillibridge will attend the Isles morning skate before the game and meet several players after the game.
Be sure to pack the Coliseum on Saturday night, cheer on the Islanders and support the fight against cancer.