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Young fan takes ice with Islanders in 'dream come true'

8-year-old being treated for lymphoma joins favorite team for day

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- Brandon Bloom arrived on the ice at the New York Islanders practice facility on Tuesday to thunderous applause from his teammates.

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Olczyk makes brief appearance in Blackhawks booth during cancer fight

Broadcaster reunites with TV partner Foley, talks about his battle @NHL

Emotional Olczyk interview

Emotional Pat Foley interview with Eddie Olczyk

During the 1st intermission of CHI vs. CBJ, Eddie Olczyk stopped by the WGN booth to talk with his partner Pat Foley

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Eddie Olczyk returned to the broadcast booth, however briefly, on Saturday night. The veteran NHL player and current Chicago Blackhawks broadcaster is battlling colon cancer.

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Ducks honor inspiring teen battling cancer for third time

Katie Hawley named team's 21st player, takes ice before opener @NHL

Hawley introduced as 21st Duck

ARI@ANA: Ducks introduce Hawley as 21st Duck

The Ducks introduce Katie Hawley, a courageous 17-year-old cancer patient, as their 21st Duck before taking the ice for the 2017-18 season

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The toughest person on skates for the Anaheim Ducks home opener was a 17-year-old girl named Katie Hawley.

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Ducks honor 17-year-old girl with cancer at season opener

Fan named 21st Duck, awarded for perseverance, character, courage, inspiration

by Dan Arritt / Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Katie Hawley was putting together gift jars at the Jessie Rees Foundation in Irvine, California, Sept. 29 when she received a surprise visit from Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell. He was there to invite Hawley to the season opener against the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center on Thursday.

More than that, Rakell wanted Hawley to be part of the team for a night.

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Lightning coach Cooper inspired to help fight cancer

Moved by death of young fan, hosts annual charity fishing event in Tampa

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper was holding the microphone Tuesday. There was irony to this.

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Boyle still possible for Devils opener

Center was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia on Sept. 19

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulitti / Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Although center Brian Boyle missed the entire preseason, it remains possible he'll achieve his goal of playing in the New Jersey Devils regular season opener.

The Devils announced on Sept. 19 that Boyle was diagnosed with a chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer of the bone marrow that is largely treatable with medication. Boyle said that day he was still aiming to play in the Devils' first regular season game against the Colorado Avalanche at Prudential Center on Oct. 7 (2 p.m. ET; SN, MSG+, ALT, NHL.TV).

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Pietrangelo raising awareness, money for cancer

Blues captain selling shirts in honor of 8-year-old niece who has Wilms' tumor

by Louie Korac / Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is focusing on the start of training camp, but he's also is helping his family with an initiative in hopes of finding a cure for cancer.

Pietrangelo's niece, Ellie, is 8 years old and is a survivor of Wilms' tumor, a form of cancer that develops in the kidneys of children. He's helping the family raise money and awareness by selling shirts that say, "Fight like Ellie."

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Brandon Davidson: survivor

The blue-liner's battle with cancer in 2012 has only made him stronger

by Joanie Godin, translated by Dan Braverman @canadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - They say sometimes sports can save lives. In Brandon Davidson's case, the proof is in the pudding.

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NHL Draft

Cancer survivor thrilled to meet top prospects

Kyle Junkunc, a defenseman at Libertyville High in Illinois, and family get VIP treatment at NHL Draft

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- As cancer survivors, Kyle Junkunc and his sister, Ashley, of Libertyville, Illinois, know the importance of hard work and perseverance.

The siblings received a rare opportunity when Discover, through its long-term relationship with the NHL and Make-A-Wish, gave them and their immediate family VIP access for a meet-and-greet with a few of the top prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas aboard the Shoreline Sightseeing Boat Tour at the Navy Pier on Thursday.

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Cigna donates $100,000 to Hockey Fights Cancer

Represents dollar-for-dollar match of fan support and every save made during 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs @NHL

Cigna donates to HFC

Cigna donates $100,000 to Hockey Fights Cancer

Cigna, health insurance partner of the NHL, donates $100,000 to Hockey Fights Cancer at the 2017 NHL Humanitarian Awards

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The Cigna Foundation donated $100,000 to the National Hockey League Foundation on Tuesday in support of Hockey Fights Cancer™ as part of the NHL's ongoing effort to support and raise awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research.

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