ISLANDERS RAISE MORE THAN $40,000 TO SUPPORT HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER
/ New York Islanders
The New York Islanders, along with OSI Pharmaceuticals and Advanced Radiation Centers of New York, raised more than $40,000 to support cancer-related causes in support of Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month during October.
The Islanders efforts aided in the league-wide initiative in which the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association together raised more than $650,000 in support of Hockey Fights Cancer.
Throughout the month, the Islanders promoted cancer awareness and raised funds to support Hockey Fights Cancer and various cancer-related organizations across Long Island. Each home game during the month raised awareness for a different type of cancer including: Brain Tumor, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer and Lung Cancer.
"The Islanders are proud of the crucial role they played in joining the league in the fight against cancer," said Chris Dey, President, New York Islanders. "Our commitment to helping our friends and fans in the community is a large part of what we do, and will not stop with our efforts in Hockey Fights Cancer."
All players sported Hockey Fights Cancer decals on their helmets, while coaches, team personnel and broadcasters wore commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer merchandise, including pins, ties and ladies' scarves. Broadcasters participated in awareness nights through extensive coverage, reaching the millions of national and local viewers and online game streaming.
Islander fundraisers throughout the month included 50/50 raffles, a Halloween warm-up jersey auction, a Halloween mask raffle, the sale of "Islanders Fight Cancer" key chains, and the Pink Stick Auction on Breast Cancer Awareness Night.
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. Since its inception, Hockey Fights Cancer has raised more than $10.5 million.