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Maple Leafs Host Annual Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night on Saturday

by Staff Writer MapleLeafs /

Toronto Maple Leafs and Scotiabank Arena will host its annual Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night on Saturday, November 30, 2019 when the Maple Leafs host the Buffalo Sabres at 7 p.m.

Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint initiative between the National Hockey League (NHL), National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and supported by all 31 NHL Clubs. The initiative unites the hockey community to inspire hope and courage for those living with, going through or moving past cancer. The Maple Leafs have chosen Camp Trillium as the charitable partner for their Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night.

Throughout the month of November, Maple Leafs players have sported Hockey Fights Cancer decals on their helmets and will wear commemorative lavender jerseys during warm-up on Saturday, which will be donated and auctioned off on the concourse with proceeds directed to Camp Trillium. Prior to puck drop, the Maple Leafs will host a special pre-game ceremony to recognize their continued partnership with Camp Trillium and the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.

Additionally, members of management, coaching staff and media will wear designated Hockey Fights Cancer ties. All rink boards, in-arena digital signage and Scotiabank Arena lighting will be lavender in colour throughout the evening.

Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to raise money for Hockey Fights Cancer and Camp Trillium in multiple ways. Lavender Hockey Fights Cancer merchandise will be available to purchase at Real Sports Apparel. Fans at home can support the cause by participating in the online auction, which will include players' Hockey Fights Cancer warm-up jerseys, and by sharing their own photos with "I Fight For" cards using the hashtag #HockeyFightsCancer on social media. Fans can download "I Fight For" cards from the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer website. Additionally, Camp Trillium will receive all proceeds from MLSE Foundation's Ontario-wide 50/50 draw.

As a special salute to the program, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ford have invited 50 children and parents from Camp Trillium to take part in a game day experience at Scotiabank Arena and watch the game from the Ford Fan Deck.

Camp Trillium (originally The Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre) offers year-round recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together. It works to provide an environment that normalizes relationships and experiences, helping them in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life.

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