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Avalanche introduce lineup of survivors for Hockey Fights Cancer Night

Six Coloradans joined team's starters at blue line before game vs. Toronto

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Hockey Fights Cancer in Colorado

TOR@COL: Avalanche honor Hockey Fights Cancer night

The Avalanche honor Hockey Fights Cancer night in Colorado with a special pregame ceremony and national anthem

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The Colorado Avalanche rolled out a heroic starting lineup Saturday.

The Avalanche honored six hockey-playing cancer survivors from Colorado as their ceremonial starting lineup for their Hockey Fights Cancer Night game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Torin Perret, Dori Webb, Eric McPhail, Shelly Ceurvorst, Andy Gerrie and Jennifyr Arakawa, each of whom has battled cancer, joined Avalanche players on the blue line at Pepsi Center as their honorary starters.

Kyle Taulman, a high-school senior who was paralyzed by a cancerous tumor on his spine as a toddler, then delivered an exceptional rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner."

The Avalanche and Maple Leafs stick-tapped the survivors, and the ceremony was one of the most inspirational of Hockey Fights Cancer Month.

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