The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, announced the organization’s efforts for the league-wide initiative Hockey Fights Cancer. The Jets will host Hockey Fights Cancer night at MTS Centre when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, November 7th, 2015. Game time is 6:00 p.m. CT.
That night, all Winnipeg Jets players will wear special Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys during pre-game warm up. During the game, Jets coaches and broadcasters will wear official lavender-coloured Hockey Fights Cancer ties. The Winnipeg Jets will also convert all their rink-boards & visual media to lavender on November 7th in order to generate increased awareness for the cause.
Raffle tickets will be sold for $5.00 at all Jets Gear locations and in the concourse at seven Winnipeg Jets home games between Thursday, October 1st and Saturday, November 7th, for a chance to win warm up issued Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys. After the game, there will be an online auction featuring special Hockey Fights Cancer painted goalie masks worn by Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson along with custom pink game-used skates worn by Dustin Byfuglien. Jets fans will also be able to bid on game-used lavender-taped sticks and warm up worn jerseys through the online auction. All Jets Gear locations (MTS Centre, Polo Park, St. Vital and MTS Iceplex) will sell a variety of limited edition merchandise, with a portion of the proceeds going to Hockey Fights Cancer. Finally, Peller Estates will donate a portion of proceeds from each purchase of their Proprietors Reserve wine sold in Manitoba Liquor Marts. Details of the auction timeframe and all information regarding these and other Hockey Fights Cancer initiates can be found at winnipegjets.com/hockeyfightscancer
All proceeds raised will be directed to CancerCare Manitoba’s pediatric clinical trials. Currently the Foundation funds over 50 percent of the cost of clinical trials for children and teens with cancer here in Manitoba. Manitoba continues to have the highest participation rate of pediatric trials in the country. This has been in large part because of the significant donations CancerCare Manitoba Foundation directs to this effort year after year - all funds raised by CancerCare Manitoba Foundation stays in our province to benefit Manitobans with cancer and their families.
ABOUT HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER
Hockey Fights Cancer™ is a 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. To date, through the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, the NHL's US and Canadian charitable foundations and NHL supporters and fans have donated more than $15 million to support national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations. Hockey Fights Cancer is also a component of The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice®, the National Hockey League’s and National Hockey League Players’ Association’s social responsibility program that builds on hockey’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world. For more information about Hockey Fights Cancer, please go to hockeyfightscancer.com.