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Welcome to Hockey Fights Cancer, a joint initiative between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the campaign, which unites the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families.

Here is the latest Hockey Fights Cancer news from around the League.

Nov. 26

Local news anchor, cancer survivor to take part in Islanders ceremonies

The New York Islanders will hold their annual Hockey Fights Cancer night when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at UBS Arena on Friday (SNE, SNO, SNW, TVAS, MSG+, ATTSN-PT, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

News 12 Long Island anchor Carol Silva, who is a cancer survivor, will be the Islanders' flag captain for the game. In addition, Michael Hill from Cohen Children's Medical Center will take part in the ceremonial puck drop.

Lavendar warmup jerseys worn by the Islanders will be auctioned off and special pucks commemorating Hockey Fights Cancer night and autographed by Islanders players will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the auction, puck sales and a 50/50 raffle will benefit Northwell Health Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, Stand Up To Cancer and Hockey Fights Cancer.

 

Nov. 23

Blues auctioning off HFC jerseys 

The St. Louis Blues held their Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Monday and wore special warmup jerseys as part of it. 

Fans can now bid on those player-worn jerseys. For details, click here. 

The Blues also had a 7- and 10-year-old cancer fighter and survivor help with pregame tasks, like singing the national anthem and announcing the starting lineups before the game against the Vegas Golden Knights. Get the details here.  

Becki Nill helping others 

The Dallas Stars are holding their Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers, and the night will have a special meaning to Becki Nill, wife of general manager Jim Nill. 

Becki told NHL.com the story of her battle with cancer and how she is helping others with the same fight. 

Nov. 22 

Jets' Morrissey to honor father

WINNIPEG - Josh Morrissey will approach the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Fights Cancer Night game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; SN, ATTSN-PT, ESPN+, NHL LIVE) with good memories and a heavy heart.

Morrissey's father, Tom, died Aug. 8 from brain cancer.

"It was a tough year, and certainly summer, for us, losing our dad," Morrissey said Monday. "But tonight means a lot for us. It's a lot of emotions. There's happy thoughts, obviously some sad as well. It's a great initiative by the NHL, and certainly going to be playing for him tonight. It's a special night for our family.

"Tonight is all about keeping those people in our memories and trying to keep the faith for people that are battling cancer, and continue to try and raise money to find better treatments and help for people. It's a big night, and one that, like I said, is special for a lot of folks."

Morrissey has scored eight points (three goals, five assists) in 17 games this season and to honor his father, he will wear a specially designed jacket to the game.

"He was always dressed sharp," Morrissey said. "I just figured it would be a nice tribute to him to get a jacket done up for the night and auction it off with the proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society." -- Tim Campbell

[INSTAGRAM: Josh Morrissey on his dad's fight against cancer]

 

Nov. 21

Rangers, Empire State Building light up for Hockey Fights Cancer 

The New York Rangers held their Hockey Fights Cancer night during their 5-4 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday and got some help from their neighbors. 

The Empire State Building, which is just down the street from Madison Square Garden, lit up in purple on Sunday to mark Hockey Fights Cancer night.

The Empire State Building wasn't the only location to support Hockey Fights Cancer this weekend; BC Place in Vancouver and the CN Tower in Toronto also lit up in the colors of HFC.

(The Empire State Building name and image® are registered trademarks of ESRT Empire State Building, L.L.C. and are used with permission.)

 

Jets try to reach $1 million raised for cancer research

The Winnipeg Jets have raised more than $865,000 over nine years for cancer reaserch in Manitoba and hope to reach the $1 million mark soon.

They are holding a Hockey Fights Cancer jersey raffle and an auction featuring jerseys worn in warmups by Jets players to raise funds which will benefit cancer patients.

The Jets will look to raise awareness for the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation with the help of youth ambassadors at their Hockey Fights Cancer Night when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.

Read more here about the youth ambassadors and the efforts of the Jets.

 

Fox, Trouba featured in Rangers video

Adam Fox and Jacob Trouba appear in a video posted on the New York Rangers official Twitter account, sharing whom each defensemen "fights for" as part of the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.

The video is a lead up to the Rangers Hockey Fights Cancer night Sunday, when they host the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, MSG 2, MSG-B, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

Tweet from @NYRangers: For each of us, there's a different face of the fight, but all of us are in it together. 💜#HockeyFightsCancer pic.twitter.com/39dU2cbstF

Tweet from @NYRangers: For Cass. For Grandma Strome.For Grandpa Mike.For Tolik.For Gramps + Nono. For Mark.For everyone. For a cure. #HockeyFightsCancer | @NorthwellHealth pic.twitter.com/YFo4DFw33y

Rangers coaches and broadcasters from the MSG Network will wear special pins and lavender ties Sunday. The Rangers are also holding an auction with special memorabilia to raise funds for cancer research.

The Rangers will also honor retired NYPD detective Robert Jordan, a cancer survivor.

Tweet from @NYRangers: "When I tell people what I went through and what I had, there's actually hope. You can actually beat this."On #HockeyFightsCancer Night pres. by @NorthwellHealth, we're honoring Robert Jordan, a retired NYPD detective who beat cancer + helped our city recover from 9/11. pic.twitter.com/nQKV88XjiI

 

Lightning raise funds for Moffitt Cancer Research

The Tampa Bay Lightning host Hockey Fights Cancer night at Amalie Arena on Sunday when they host the Minnesota Wild (5 p.m. ET; BSSUN, BSN, BSWI, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

Funds will be raised through a 50/50 raffle and lavender jersey and sticks auction, and donated to Moffitt Cancer Research.

In addition, the Lightning will collect donations of goods such as blankets, socks and hats for those undergoing cancer treatment.

Read more here.

 

Nov. 20

Maple Leafs share "I Fight For ..." cards on Twitter

The Toronto Maple Leafs posted one video and several photos on their Twitter account of players with their "I Fight For ..." cards filled out for Hockey Fights Cancer month.

The Maple Leafs host HFC night Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, SN1, SNO, SNP, ATTSN-PT, NHL LIVE). 

The video, which includes Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, features players explaining who they fight for and why.

Tweet from @MapleLeafs: To those we���ve lost. To those still fighting. To everyone affected. We all fight together 💜#HockeyFightsCancer | #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/3SjjnOJ2MN

Tweet from @MapleLeafs: 💜 #HockeyFightsCancer pic.twitter.com/JUXYQBT0ni

Tweet from @MapleLeafs: 💜 #HockeyFightsCancer pic.twitter.com/dd6WN5c6Ht

 

Coyotes tab Schott to be Hockey Fights Cancer ambassador

Matt Schott, the Senior Director of Hockey Development for the Arizona Coyotes and cancer survivor, will be the Coyotes Hockey Fights Cancer ambassador when they host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; BSAZ, BSDET, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

"It really, really warms my heart that we're able to do this because he's given everything to us," Coyotes President & CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez said. "Anything that we can do to help him and be there with him, encourage him, support him, inspire him; he does that for us every single day. It's going to be a very special night. As much as it's going to be special for him, it's going to be special for us because we get a chance to celebrate his spirit, his competitiveness, his passion and how much he cares for not only the organization but the entire Valley."

Read more about Schott's journey here.

 
Canadiens team with Leucan

The Montreal Canadiens will hold their Hockey Fights Cancer Night when they host the Nashville Predators on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CITY, SNE, TVAS, BSSO, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

The Canadiens will wear lavender jerseys and use lavender tape on their sticks for warmups, and there will also be a lavender on-ice projection featuring names of loved ones submitted by fans over the last week displayed on the playing surface.

In addition, the national anthems will be performed by four young members of Leucan, which promotes the recovery and well-being of cancer stricken children in Montreal. Fans at the Bell Centre will be encouraged to turn on their mobile phone lights to pay tribute to those who have passed away.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Tous unis pour soutenir #LeHockeyPourVaincreLeCancer. 💜United in support of #HockeyFightsCancer.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/Up5FryIXzd

 

Oilers rasing money for Alberta Cancer, Cure Cancer Fund

The Edmonton Oilers and the Oilers Foundation will donate the proceeds from their 50/50 raffle from the home game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, CITY, NBCSCH, ESPN+, NHL LIVE) to Alberta Cancer and the Cure Cancer Fund.

Those interested in taking part in the 50/50 raffle online can do so here.

 

Nov. 18 

Lindblom shares positive message 

Oskar Lindblom said he chooses to look forward to his promising future but understands his past remains a huge part of his story.

The Philadelphia Flyers forward is coming up on two years since he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, on Dec. 10, 2019. His time dealing with the disease, and his eventual return to playing during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, resonated far beyond what the 25-year-old thought possible.

Read his story here. 

 

Nov. 17

Crosby discusses cancer's impact on his family 

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby revealed who he is fighting for during Hockey Fights Cancer month and all year long. 

Tweet from @NHL: Sidney Crosby reflects on his family's battles during #HockeyFightsCancer month. Donate 👉 https://t.co/3LCSfAYJaW pic.twitter.com/fXrNTKAzly

 

Nov. 15 

Brown honors wife, takes cancer fight to Hall of Fame 

Frank Brown, recipient of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award in 2019, wrote a special essay for NHL.com on how he would honor his wife, Nancy, at this year's Hockey Hall of Fame indcution ceremony. Nancy died from pancreatic cancer in August. 

Here is Frank's story.  

 

 Backstrom, Oshie reach out to Capitals fans fighting cancer 

Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie are recovering from injuries, but that didn't stop the Washington Capitals forwards from lending their support to two Washington-area families impacted by cancer.

As part of the Capitals Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night when they hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, they featured the stories of 6-month-old Madelyn Didio, who was diagnosed with a rare form of infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on Sept. 25, and 28-year-old Chelsea Proctor, who was diagnosed with a rare former of cancer of the spine called Ewing Sarcoma in October 2020, on the video scoreboard during the game.

"I'm a parent myself and, I don't know, it's got to be tough what you guys are going through," Backstrom told Madelyn's parents, Jackie and Dan Didio, during a video chat. "But I just wanted to let you know that we're thinking about you and we'll fight with you guys."

Madelyn immediately began treatments after her diagnosis and has rarely been home from the hospital, which has limited the time she's been able to spend with her twin sister, Hannah.

"She's a little fighter and we're just really happy that we could talk to you and share our story with you," Jackie Didio said. "We're little Caps fans in the making."

Backstrom, who is recovering from a hip injury, invited the Didios to a game at Capital One Arena when they're able to attend.

Oshie did the same with Proctor, a Capitals season ticket holder, after surprising her on a video call. Proctor has been undergoing aggressive treatment for the past year and has another year of treatment ahead.

"You're very brave, especially to come on here and share it with us," Oshie told Proctor. "I just wish you all the best in your journey and hopefully the next round in the treatments will get rid of this thing and we can get you back at 'Cap One' and get some Ws for you." -- Tom Gulitti 
 

Nov. 13 

Predators make donation as part of Hockey Fights Cancer night 

The Nashville Predators will hold their Hockey Fights Cancert night Saturday when they host the Arizona Coyotes. As part of their night, the Predators donated $335,000.21 to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and their Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.

Tweet from @PredsFoundation: Yesterday we presented a check to @VUMCchildren for $335,000.21 thanks to the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by @TwiceDailyFresh! Since 2012-13, the 365 Fund has donated more than $3.6 million to the life-saving pediatric cancer research at Vanderbilt!#HockeyFightsCancer pic.twitter.com/E4Os202i69

The Colorado Avalanche are also hosting their Hockey Fights Cancer night on Saturday against the San Jose Sharks. 

Tweet from @Avalanche: It's about more than hockey.#HockeyFightsCancer #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/Ezabi3lFzU

 

Nov. 12 

Hockey Fights Cancer special to Blue Jackets coach

 The Columbus Blue Jackets held their Hockey Fights Cancer night on Friday, and it had a special meaning for coach Brad Larsen. 

Read hisstory here. 

To donate to the Blue Jackets' Hockey Fights Cancer cause or to bid on auction items, click here. 

 

Nov. 11

Blue Jackets to host Hockey Fights Cancer night 

The Columbus Blue Jackets will host their Hockey Fights Cancer night Friday when they play the Washington Capitals at Nationwide Arena (7 p.m. ET; BSOH, NBCSWA, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).  

Get all thedetails here. 

Tweet from @CBJGivesBack: Help us stick it to cancer as we celebrate #HockeyFightsCancer Night tomorrow 💜🏒Learn more ������ https://t.co/f7kKDurv1b pic.twitter.com/aYSiDOSsMm

 

Nov. 10 

Blue Jackets staffers show who they fight for 

The Columbus Blue Jackets' fight against cancer is a total team effort, and that team includes their office staff. 

Several Blue Jackets employees were featured on the team's Twitter acccount Wednesday letting the world know who they fight for. 

Here are a few examples. 

 Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: Partnership Development Manager @leaaah_c fights for her Brother and Grandpa 💜#HockeyFightsCancer | @OhioHealth pic.twitter.com/t6O3wzSec9

 Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: Ticket Sales Consultant @Young_Panda_ fights for Love 💜#HockeyFightsCancer | @OhioHealth pic.twitter.com/uTELCAiXwG

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: Director of Finance/Controller Joe Rudolf fights in memory of Eddie Van Halen 💜#HockeyFightsCancer | @OhioHealth pic.twitter.com/51p13rlt2v

 

Nov. 8 

Penguins holding moustache contest 

Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Bryan Rust and Jason Zucker are going face-to-face to raise money for cancer causes and more.

They are taking part in the The Moustache Faceoff. No matter what stache fans pick, all proceeds will assist both Movember and the Mario Lemieux Foundation; however, only one player can be named victorious in The Mustache Faceoff.

To get in on the action, click here. 

 

Nov. 7

Canucks host HFC night Sunday, honor Terry Fox

The Vancouver Canucks host Hockey Fights Cancer night when they play the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, BSW, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

There will be a special focus on the legacy of Terry Fox, including a $20,000 donation to the Terry Fox Foundation by the Canucks on behalf of the Canucks for Kids Fund. Fox is the late Canadian athlete who raised awareness for cancer research by attemnpting to cross Canada in 1980 after he had one leg amputated because of cancer. 

Fans can also donate to the Terry Fox Foundation by texting "TERRY" to 45678.

Tweet from @Canucks: #HockeyFightsCancer night in support of @TerryFoxCanada. 🆚 @DallasStars ��� 7:00 PM📍 @RogersArena 📺 Sportsnet Pacific📻 Sportsnet 650🎟��� https://t.co/DwTqULNIJrGAME NOTES | https://t.co/4K2K53nRNL pic.twitter.com/z7aFd7uzNO

 

Nov. 5

Predators to host two HFC nights 

The Nashville Predators will hold two Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness nights, the first being Nov. 7 against the Arizona Coyotes. The second one will be on April 9 against the Florida Panthers. 

Get all the details here.  

Tweet from @PredsNHL: We���re hosting two Hockey Fights Cancer games this season! Join us for the first one on Nov. 13. >> https://t.co/MRTOCfjKGP pic.twitter.com/UDmjgeyf0V

 

Nov. 4 

Penguins to honor season ticket holders 

The Pittsburgh Penguins will hold their Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness night Thursday when they host the Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-P, NBCSP, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). 

Penguins players will wear purple jerseys and use purple-taped sticks during warmup. Players' warmup jerseys and select sticks, as well as purple locker room player nameplates will be autographed and available for bid at auction online. The auction will run from November 4-10. Fans can bid by texting PensHFC to 76278 or visiting pensHFC.givesmart.com.

The numbers on the back of the warmup jerseys will feature a list of 200 names submitted by Penguins season ticket holders. The names included on the numbers honor season ticket holders, as well as their immediate family members that have been impacted by cancer. It could be the name of someone currently battling cancer, a survivor or someone who lost their fight. With each name, there is an accompanied ribbon with a specific color to represent which type of cancer they have been impacted by.

For all the details, click here. 

 

Nov. 3

Flames to host HFC night Thursday 

The Calgary Flames will hold their annual Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night on Thursda, when they host the Dallas Stars (9 p.m. ET; SNW, BSSW, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). 

The Flames will donate a portion of the proceeds directed to Hockey Fights Cancer initiatives from the Calgary Flames Foundation 50/50 presented by RE/MAX. Hockey Fights Cancer apparel will also be available in FanAttic stores during November. 

Players will wear lavender jerseys and tape on their sticks during warmup, as well as Hockey Fights Cancer helmet decals throughout November. The lavender jerseys will be auctioned off in support of Hockey Fights Cancer initiatives immediately after warmup. To bid on the jerseys, visit www.calgaryflames.com/hockeyfightscancer. This auction will run from 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday through Nov. 10 at 11 p.m. ET. 

Fans at the game will find "I Fight For" cards at the entrance of their section, to personalize and use during the game. Fans are encouraged to hold up their signs during a TV timeout in the first period.  

 

Addison of Wild scores first NHL goal for grandpa Alex

Calen Addison's first NHL goal had an even more special meaning.  

It wasn't so much that the Minnesota Wild defenseman's goal came in a 5-4 overtime victory against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, but that it happened on Minnesota's Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness night, on the seven-year anniversary of his grandfather Alec's death from cancer.  
 
"That was something I'll never forget for sure," Addison said. "It's kind of crazy that on Hockey Fights Cancer, my grandpa (Alex) passed away seven years ago to the day today, and to get my first goal on that night is pretty special. That one's for him for sure."
 
The 21-year-old was selected in the second round (No. 53) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was traded to the Wild along with forward Alex Galchenyuk and a first-round conditional draft pick in 2020 in exchange for forward Jason Zucker on Feb. 11, 2020. Addison has one goal and six shots in five career games. '

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Calen Addison scored the first goal of his NHL career, which took on added significance during #HockeyFightsCancer Awareness Night at Xcel Energy Center. 💜📸: @mnwild pic.twitter.com/iGxDcwKgmO

 

Nov. 2 

Wild holding Hockey FIghts Cancer Awareness night 

The Minnesota Wild host their Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; BSN, BSWI+, TSN5, RDS2, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). 

The children of Tom Kurvers will do the 'Let's Play Hockey' chant ahead of puck drop. The Wild will wear lavender warmup jerseys which will be signed and auctioned off from Nov. 2-14 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Wild Foundation and Children's Cancer Research Fund. 

Kurvers, who was their assistant general manager since 2018, died from lung cancer on June 21. He was 58. 

The Wild have worn a 'TK' decal on the back of their helmets since the start the season in honor of the defenseman who played 11 NHL seasons. 

"He was a big part of our organization, a big part of the hockey world, not because he was a good hockey player or a good hockey person, he was just a great guy," Wild coach Dean Evason said. "We all miss him.

"It's a terrible disease. We've all been touched by it. But to honor 'TK' and his family all year [with the decals] and forever probably, it's special." 

On Monday, their strength and conditioning coach Sean Skahan spoke to the team website about his battle with Basal Cell Carcinoma, a skin cancer that almost exclusively develops on the neck and face because of repeated and intense sun exposure. 

Read his story here

 

Nov. 1

Fans can win trip to 2022 All-Star Game 

With Hockey Fights Cancer month starting, fans who contribute to the cause can enter for a chance to win a trip to the 2022 NHL All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas. All contributions will go to the National Hockey League Foundation and NHL Foundation in support of Hockey Fights Cancer. 

Find all the details here

Moore named Hockey Fights Cancer ambassador 

Former NHL player Dominic Moore has been named the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer ambassador for 2021-22.

Moore lost his first wife, Katie, to a rare cancer called fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma in January 2013. She was 31. 

"I think it's important to highlight all of the different ways that cancer impacts us," Moore told NHL.com staff writer Amalie Benjamin. "And I think all the ways that people are impacted by cancer, some triumph and are able to, we say beat cancer, and they should be celebrated. But others are not as lucky. And I think those people should be celebrated as well. And they're an important reminder of why we're doing this in the first place."

Read the full story here

Rangers raising awareness

The New York Rangers got the message out about Hockey Fights Cancer month on their Twitter account.  

Tweet from @NYRangers: Nov. 1st means it's the start of one of the most important months of the year. #HockeyFightsCancer Month is here. We're all in this together. 💜 pic.twitter.com/2nMa5qPRdl 

Kraken change profile picture

The Seattle Kraken have changed their social media profile picture with Hockey Fights Cancer month underway. 

Tweet from @SeattleKraken: #NewProfilePic for #HockeyFightsCancer 💜 pic.twitter.com/aBHIYFcrpT

Jets announce Hockey Fights Cancer initiative 

The Winnipeg Jets have announced they will be raising funds for CancerCare Manitoba. 

Tweet from @NHLJets: November is #HockeyFightsCancer month, where we'll be raising funds in support of @CancerCareMB!Visit the booths in the concourse at every home game, and join us on November 22nd for this year's #HockeyFightsCancer night!Learn more and donate 👇

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