TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will host Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Tuesday, October 28 when the team takes on the Arizona Coyotes at Amalie Arena at 7:30 p.m. The league-wide initiative is entering its 16th season of recognizing those affected by cancer.
Lightning players, and those across the NHL, will once again take their support to the ice. In addition to wearing the Hockey Fights Cancer decals on the back of their helmets, Lightning players will have the opportunity to use lavender tape on game sticks during Tuesday’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 and sticks from select players will be available for auction during the game through the Lightning Foundation. Fans can text BOLTS to 52182 or visit bolts.myab.co to view the auction.
Lightning president Steve Griggs will be presenting the Pediatric Cancer Foundation with a $5,000 check from the NHL during the first period. During the game, the Lightning will recognize key groups that will be in attendance for the game, including the1Voice Foundation, the Children’s Cancer Center, Faces of Courage, Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Quantum Leap Farm and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer will serve as the Lightning’s social captain for the game and will be wearing a lavender jersey. Archer will be signing the jersey and giving it away through a social media contest run by the Lightning.
“The Lightning are honored to again join our fans and the NHL to help raise awareness and help find a cure for this terrible disease,” Griggs said. “Our players and staff’s continuous and relentless spirit to raise awareness in the fight against cancer has been instrumental in raising funds to help put an end to the disease that effects so many.”
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 Tuesday night’s game. All NHL coaches, broadcasters and team personnel will wear the commemorative tie during their NHL Club’s Hockey Fights Cancer games in October. Head coach Jon Cooper’s tie will also be auctioned off by the Lightning Foundation.
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 $14 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.