The Tampa Bay Lightning will host Hockey Fights Cancer Night, presented by Moffitt Cancer Center, on Thursday, October 29 when the team takes on the Colorado Avalanche at Amalie Arena at 7:30 p.m. The league-wide initiative is entering its 17th season of recognizing those affected by cancer.
Lightning players, and those across the NHL, will once again take their support to the ice. The Lightning will be wearing lavender jerseys during warm-ups prior to their game against the Avalanche. Lightning players will also have the opportunity to use lavender tape on game sticks during Thursday’s morning skate, warm-up and game. Lavender, which represents awareness for all forms of cancer, returns as the designated color for this year’s initiative.
Lavender jerseys worn by Bolts players during warm-ups will be available for auction on auctions.nhl.com. Lavender taped sticks from select players and a team-signed lavender Bolts jersey will also be auctioned off during the game at section 120. The silent auction runs through the second period and fans wishing to bid through their phones can do so by texting “BOLTS” to 52182 to register. Eleven different charities and nine lucky fans will also receive a used player stick after the game on Thursday night.
The Hockey Fights Cancer tie, the signature item in the line of commemorative merchandise for this worthy cause, will once again be worn by Lightning coaches and broadcasters during Thursday night’s game. All NHL coaches, broadcasters and team personnel will wear the commemorative tie as well as a lavender awareness ribbon.
The Children’s Cancer Center will be receiving a $5,000 Hockey Fights Cancer grant from the NHL. During the game, the Lightning will recognize key groups that will be in attendance for the game, including the Moffitt Cancer Center, 1Voice Foundation, American Cancer Society, Children’s Cancer Center, Faces of Courage, Giving Hope Through Faith, Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Children’s Dream Fund, Make-A-Wish, LLS and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay. All of the aforementioned charities will be receiving a game-used, lavender-taped stick.
Fans will have the chance to fill out “I Fight For” cards on Ford Thunder Alley at Moffitt’s display as well as at section 120. Amalie Arena will also be lavender-clad for the game, including arena dasher boards at ice level and additional signage. Lightning personalities will don lavender, including the Lightning Girls, ThunderBug, Ice Crew and the Bolt Brigade.
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.