The Ottawa Senators
and Toronto Maple Leafs
will be doing more than just playing a hockey game on Saturday -- they'll be lending their support to help raise awareness of the seriousness of diabetes.
As part of World Diabetes Day, the clubs are working with the Canadian Diabetes Association to show their support through in-arena awareness campaigns, ticket/suite donations, in-game opportunities and more. Ottawa plays host to the New York Rangers
at 2 p.m. while Toronto welcomes in Calgary at 7 p.m.
All six Canadian teams are participating in diabetes awareness nights. Vancouver held its on Nov. 3, Edmonton on Nov. 5 and Montreal on Nov. 10. Calgary will hold its event this coming Tuesday when it faces Colorado.
Approximately 9.3 percent of adults in Canada currently have diabetes according to the CDA, and this figure is expected to rise to 11.1 percent by the year 2025. By next year, more than 3 million Canadians will be living with diabetes.
The hockey community is affected as well as the general public. Former Philadelphia Flyers
great and current Senior Vice President Bobby Clarke
has diabetes, as do current players Nick Boynton
of the Anaheim Ducks
and Toby Petersen
of the Dallas Stars
World Diabetes Day has been taking place since 1991 and is an official United Nations World Health Day as of Dec. 2006. Hockey fans are encouraged to visit diabetes.ca to find out what they can do to get involved.