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.
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.