LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings forward Sean Avery and defensemen Nathan Dempsey and Brent Sopel are among the more than 200 NHL players who are expected to take part in the first-ever "Tribute to Hockey Moms" Saturday night during the Kings-St. Louis Blues game at STAPLES Center.
Avery, Dempsey and Sopel will use pink hockey sticks carrying the breast cancer research logo during warm-ups with the option to use during the game. The specially designed TPS sticks will then be autographed and later auctioned off at various fund raising events that support breast cancer research. In addition, Kings forward Alexander Frolov, who is currently out of the Kings line-up due to a shoulder injury, will participate by using the stick during his on-ice practice session Saturday morning.
"Without the support of my mom, Marlene, I would not be the person I am today," said Avery. "She has been my main supporter throughout my career and I owe everything to her. This is a small way that we, as players, can pay tribute to her and other hockey moms, and it is all for a good cause."