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Olczyk, young patient drop pucks on Hockey Fights Cancer Night in Chicago

Beloved member of Blackhawks family escorts brave 9-year-old girl to center ice @NHLdotcom

Young fan drops puck on HFC night

ANA@CHI: HFC guest and Olczyk drop ceremonial puck

Former Blackhawk Eddie Olczyk joins Lauren, a young fan fighting cancer, to drop the ceremonial first puck for Hockey Fights Cancer Night

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Hockey Fights Cancer Night is always an emotional one. Monday in Chicago was no different.

The Blackhawks welcomed back former player and beloved announcer Eddie Olczyk, who was diagnosed with colon cancer just four months ago.

He escorted another special honoree, Lauren Graver, a 9-year-old from Mt. Prospect, Illinois, to center ice for the ceremonial puck drop.

The young girl was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare muscle-based cancer, just before entering second grade.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Lauren is dropping the ceremonial puck at our #HockeyFightsCancer Night on Nov. 27, and to say she's excited is an understatement!

Olczyk and Graver were welcomed with a warm ovation from fans at United Center and stick taps from the Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks.

Each dropped a puck as the Ducks' Corey Perry and Blackhawks' Patrick Kane posed for the photo before handing over their sticks to Graver.

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