The Los Angeles Kings will host Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night tomorrow (Thursday) when the club hosts the Phoenix Coyotes at STAPLES Center at 7:30 p.m. October is the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness month.
As part of the evening, Kings and Coyotes players will be wearing special player helmet decals; coaches, broadcasters and Kings staff will be wearing special ties; and players will be wearing special Reebok caps (during post-game/pre-game interviews as well as the back-up goalies on the bench). These commemorative items are available to purchase at shop.nhl.com. A portion of the proceeds from all items will benefit Hockey Fights Cancer.
There will also be a number of team initiatives throughout the evening in support of Hockey Fights Cancer (listed below):
•The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Maxmobile, as well as the LA Kings BloodMobile, will be on hand starting at 5:30 p.m. outside STAPLES Center. Each fan who donates blood will receive two tickets to the game beginning at 7:30.
•To raise awareness for the cause Kings players will wear one-of-a-kind lavender jerseys during warm ups, as well as use sticks wrapped with purple tape. The jerseys and sticks will be autographed and auctioned by the Kings Care Foundation in-arena and online at auctions.nhl.com. Additionally, a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted Hockey Fights Cancer Goalie Helmet by Jim Miner will be up for auction at the booth.
•The Kings Care Foundation will be selling Hockey Fights Cancer autographed mystery pucks for $25 and mini hockey glove key chains for a $10 donation to Hockey Fights Cancer.
•Be the Match will be conducting a special Bone Marrow Drive in honor of Tanner Raboin, friend of the Kings family and avid Kings fan who passed away in 2011. Individuals between the ages of 18 and 60, in good physical health and with a good medical history are asked to participate. The procedure takes about 15 minutes and involves four swabs to the cheek.
•All sponsor dash boards around the rink will be in lavender.
•The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Pancreatic Cancer Network will have informational tables on the concourse
•The Kings Care Foundation distributed tickets to cancer organizations including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, PADRES Contra El Cancer, Face off with Cancer, and the Chris Draft Family Foundation
In addition, the Kings hosted 18-year old Tyler J. Fithian who is acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Toyota Sports Center on Wednesday through the Make a Wish Foundation. Tyler, whose wish it was to skate with Anze Kopitar, also watched practice with Kings Alumni Jim Fox, Daryl Evans and Rob Blake and received a full tour of the Kings locker room. In addition to Wednesday’s activities, Tyler will be dropping the ceremonial puck for Thursday’s game.