The New York Islanders will continue their fight against cancer, that will culminate with the annual Hockey Fights Cancer night at Barclays Center on Sunday, Nov. 5, when the team hosts the Colorado Avalanche. The team will wear a special lavender jersey during warmups that fans had the chance to bid on in an auction prior to the game. The auction for the jerseys ran from Oct. 9 - Oct. 24 with all of the proceeds benefitting cancer campaign.
In addition to the specialty jerseys, Islander players will wear Hockey Fights Cancer, pins and ties. The coaching staff and MSG Network on-air talent will wear the same ties and pins during the game. Islanders players will also tape their sticks with lavender tape in honor of the night.
Sunday Night's Hockey Fights Cancer game is the main night for Hockey Fights Cancer month, which raises awareness and money to support the ongoing fight to end cancer. The Islanders held two Childhood Cancer Awareness Nights on on Oct. 7 and Oct 9, Breast Cancer Awareness on Oct. 21, Blood Cancer awareness night on Oct. 24. The Islanders also held Prostate Cancer Awareness Night on Oct. 30 and will partner with "Movember" which will continue throughout the month of November and Skin Cancer awareness night Nov. 7.
In conjunction with "Stand Up to Cancer" a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now, the fans in attendance on Nov. 5 will have the opportunity to tell everyone who they "Stand Up For" during an in-game place card recognition presentation.
The Islanders will also host children battling cancer at each game throughout the entire campaign. The November 5 Hockey Fights Cancer Night will include a ceremonial puck drop with young children currently in the middle of their cancer battles.
Fundraisers for the month have included:
- Hockey Fights Cancer Warm Up Jersey Auction
- Movember (running through November): Members of the Islanders team will grow mustaches in honor of raising awareness and funding to end prostate cancer. Throughout the entire month of November the Islanders players will ask fans to support them as they raise money for the cause.
In addition to the fundraisers, the Islanders have invited various cancer fighting organizations to help raise awareness for their organizations throughout the months of October and November. Each group has been invited to distribute information to fans at the game while educating fans about specific organizations. These groups include, Alex's Lemonade Stand, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Stand Up to Cancer, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Molly Biggane Melanoma Foundation, Movember & DKMS. Each group will fundraise on the concourse. The team will contribute money raised through special autographed team memorabilia and text to donate messages. Fans can get involved by donating through volunteers who will collect monetary donations on the concourse.
Hockey Fights Cancer was founded in 1998 by the National Hockey League® and the National Hockey League Players' Association. Since its inception, the Hockey Fights Cancer programs of the National Hockey League Foundation (in the US) and the NHL Foundation (in Canada), along with NHL® Clubs, supporters and fans, have donated more than $18 million to support the cancer programs of national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local charities.
The Hockey Fights Cancer program 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."
Be sure to pack the Barclays Center on Sunday night, cheer on the Islanders and support the fight against cancer.