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Jets Donate $68,950 During Hockey Fights Cancer Night

by Staff Writer / Winnipeg Jets

Nov.21, 2014 - With the close of Hockey Fights Cancer ,The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club are pleased to announce they are now donating a total of $68,950 to Cancer Care Manitoba. This increase is due to the success of the recent online auction of HFC game issued jerseys and game used sticks from the night.

The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club is pleased to announce their donation of $58,000 to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation during the team’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night on November 4, 2014, from fundraising initiatives held throughout the month of October and into November.

The money raised will be specifically used for CancerCare’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.

During Hockey Fights Cancer Night, all Winnipeg Jets players wore special-edition lavender jersey during pre-game warm up. The jerseys were raffled off with all proceeds raised going towards the cause. All players’ helmets featured a Hockey Fights Cancer decal while coaches, broadcasters and team personnel wore commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer ties.

Before the game on November 4, four kids who have benefited from CancerCare’s comforting environment – James, Nicolina, Demilade & Rosa – all participated in a ceremonial puck drop with Jets Captain Andrew Ladd, Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and CancerCare Manitoba Foundation’s President Annitta Stenning.

Hockey Fights Cancer is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. 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 $14 million to support national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations.

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