The 2017 Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Fights Cancer game was held on November 25th. For the month of November, the team raised awareness on social media and featured players, alumni, Head Coach Mike Babcock and MLSE staff.
On November 25th, players wore Hockey Fights Cancer helmet decals, lavender warm-up jerseys and used lavender tape on their sticks which were auctioned off by MLSE Foundation. Funds raised through the auction, 50/50 ticket and mystery puck sales were donated to Camp Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre. 50 children from Camp Trillium were invited to attend the game, courtesy of Ford, and were given a behind-the-scenes experience.
That night, the Air Canada Centre was transformed to feature lavender rink boards and interactive elements for fans to promote the cause.
The Leafs would like to thank all those who showed their support and joined our fight against cancer.
What Is Hockey Fights Cancer?
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. The Hockey Fights Cancer initiative is supported by the National Hockey League Foundation, the NHL Foundation, players, NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. To date, the Hockey Fights Cancer programs of the National Hockey League Foundation (in the US) and the NHL Foundation (in Canada), along with NHL supporters and fans, have donated more than $16 million to support the cancer programs of national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local charities. For more information about Hockey Fights Cancer, please go to hockeyfightscancer.com.
Camp Trillium (officially The Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre) offers year-round recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together. They work to provide an environment that normalizes relationships and experiences, helping them in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life. Throughout the year, Camp Trillium offers over 54 different programs each year, all at no cost to their campers. These programs include week-long (or longer) traditional summer programs, to weekend camps in the spring and fall, community based programs and those based out of the various children's cancer clinics across the province of Ontario. Over the past four years, through the MLSE Team Up Challenge, the Maple Leafs have raised over $1 Million for Camp Trillium!