The New York Islanders will continue their fight against cancer, culminating with the annual Hockey Fights Cancer game supported by Northwell Health at Barclays Center on Sunday, Nov. 9, when the team hosts the Florida Panthers at 1 p.m. The Islanders will wear special lavender jerseys during warmups that are currently up for auction on the NHL auction site. The auction for the jerseys will run from Nov. 8- Nov. 21 with all of the proceeds benefitting the cancer campaign.
In addition to the specialty jerseys, Islander players will wear Hockey Fights Cancer, pins and ties upon arrival to the game. The coaching staff and MSG Network on-air talent will wear the same ties and pins during the game.
The first 10,000 fans will receive a "Rally Against Cancer" rally towel and the Barclays Center will be lit up in a lavender color through the day and into the night in recognition of the special day and cause. The rink dasherboards will also feature the HFC awareness color.
Saturday afternoon's Hockey Fights Cancer game is the team's primary game for Hockey Fights Cancer month, which raises awareness and money to support the ongoing fight to end cancer. The Hockey Fights Cancer game will include a ceremonial puck drop that features a group of children that are currently battling their diagnosis. The Islanders held Childhood Cancer Awareness game on Oct. 11, Blood Cancer Awareness game on Oct. 27 and Men's Cancer/ Prostate Cancer Awareness Night on Nov. 5. The Islanders plan to hold Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Nov. 7.
In conjunction with "Stand Up to Cancer," fans in attendance on November 9 will have the opportunity to tell everyone who they "Stand Up For" during an in-game place card recognition presentation. "Stand Up to Cancer" is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that provides new therapies to patients quickly and save lives.
Fans can participate in fundraising initiatives throughout the game. There will be a HFC mystery puck fundraiser along with the sale of "limited edition" Islanders branded Stand Up to Cancer T-shirts.
Throughout the month of November children undergoing treatment for cancer will be invited to Islanders home games and receive special VIP experiences.
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, DKMS and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, ManCave Health and Movember, and Susan G. Komen, Greater NYC, American Cancer Society and Stand Up to Cancer.
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 at games 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.