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 Nashville Predators on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014. Game time is 7:00 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. Additionally, players will continue to support Hockey Fights Cancer by wearing decals on their helmets between the league-wide recognition period of October 20th to November 17th. The Winnipeg Jets will also convert all their rink-boards & visual media to lavender on November 4th in order to generate increased awareness for the cause.
Raffle tickets will be sold for $5.00 in the concourse at seven Winnipeg Jets home games between Saturday, October 4th and Tuesday, November 4th, for a chance to win a Hockey Fights Cancer jersey. All Jets Gear locations (MTS Centre, St. Vital and MTS Iceplex) will sell a variety of limited edition merchandise, with a portion of the proceeds going to Hockey Fights Cancer. Jets fans will also be able to bid on game-used lavender-taped sticks and warm up issued jerseys through an online auction. Finally, Peller Estates will donate a portion of proceeds from each purchase of their Proprietors Reserve wine sold in Manitoba Liquor Marts.
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.