NEW YORK / TORONTO
– NHL players are helping to keep hockey’s youngest fans warm during the winter months, with the donation of one-of-a-kind Hockey Fights Cancer themed blankets to patients at local Children’s Hospitals. Throughout the holiday season, NHL players, clubs and game officials will visit hospitals in their communities, to spend time with the children and distribute the blankets. The unique blanket, which features a hockey-playing teddy bear along with the Hockey Fights Cancer logo, was designed to provide comfort for the children during their hospital stay. The initiative is part of the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Hockey Fights Cancer 10th Anniversary Celebration.
The Hockey Fights Cancer Children’s Hospital Holiday Visit is one of many initiatives in which NHL clubs and players are taking part during the holiday season. They will also be involved in other charitable programs including auctions and sales, toy drives, clothing drives, meal services and food drives.
Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint charitable initiative founded by the NHL and the NHLPA to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. It is supported by NHL member clubs, NHL alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, professional hockey trainers and equipment managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. Since its inception in 1998, Hockey Fights Cancer has raised more than $9.5 million.