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Hockey Fights Cancer

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 / canadiens.com

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 / NHL.com 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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Hockey Fights Cancer

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

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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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Short Shifts

Penguins send Stanley Cup to surprise 6-year-old girl with leukemia

Darran Dunlap, diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in November, received visit from iconic trophy

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The Pittsburgh Penguins keep doing right by Darran Dunlap.

The 6-year-old Pittsburgh native, who is battling leukemia, had a guest visitor Saturday: the Stanley Cup -- along with Penguins equipment manager Danny Knoll.

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Craig Anderson of Senators says wife is cancer-free

Goalie shares good news about Nicholle Anderson, who was diagnosed in October

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Nicholle Anderson, the wife of Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, is cancer-free, he said Saturday.

Nicholle was diagnosed in October with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a rare form of throat cancer. The couple received the good news after tests this week, Craig Anderson said.

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Press Release

Cigna joins Every Save Counts program

Health services company sponsors Hockey Fights Cancer initiative

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BLOOMFIELD, Conn. - Global health service company Cigna (NYSE:CI) today announced it has signed on as the Official Health Insurance Provider of the National Hockey League® (NHL®) in the U.S. and will be the Presenting Sponsor of the NHL's Every Save Counts™ campaign. The campaign is part of the NHL's annual, year-round Hockey Fights Cancer™ effort to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. 

As part of the Every Save Counts™ program, Cigna will donate $1 to Hockey Fights Cancer™ for every save made during an NHL game throughout the 2016-17 NHL season, including the 2017 Stanley Cup® Playoffs, and in addition, for every online donation of $25 or more to Hockey Fights CancerTM, Cigna will match, dollar for dollar, for a total donation of up to $100,000. All such donations will be received by the National Hockey League Foundation in respect of the Hockey Fights Cancer™ initiative.

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Short Shifts

Cancer survivor finds a friend in Ducks Ryan Kesler

Cindi Opdyke's story inspires Anaheim forward, who invites her to a game

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Ducks Weekly - Cindi Opdyke

Ducks fan and cancer fighter Cindi Opdyke's surprise

Dedicated Ducks fan and cancer fighter Cindi Opdyke gets a special surprise while being interviewed for a feature on Ducks Weekly

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Cindi Opdyke has been loyal to the Anaheim Ducks ever since she became a fan of the team in 2008. Ryan Kesler recently returned the favor.

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Vladimir Tarasenko wins Blues trip for young fan

Arianna Dougan, 11-year-old battling cancer, gets special birthday gift

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Blues present young fan with gift

FLA@STL: Blues celebrate 11-year-old fan's birthday

Mike Yeo and Vladimir Tarasenko give Arianna Dougan, an 11-year-old Blues fan battling cancer, her own jersey as a birthday present

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Arianna Dougan found out for her 11th birthday just what a friend she's got in Vladimir Tarasenko.

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NHL Insider

Dave Strader says return will be 'cathartic'

Stars announcer to call game Saturday for first time since cancer diagnosis

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

Dave Strader didn't know if he'd return to the broadcast booth this season.

The Dallas Stars play-by-play announcer has cholangiocarcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that attacks the bile duct. He has not called any games this season, watching them from his home in Glens Falls, New York, meaning that for the first time since 1979-80 he hasn't been a fixture on television or radio airwaves.

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Cancer Survivor Meets Preds, Stars Captains

Preds and Stars Fan Briar Mays Meets Two of Her Favorite Players with Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Briar Mays couldn't find the remote control to change the channel.

A 16-year-old high school cheerleader in 2014, Mays returned home from a basketball game and did what most teenagers would do - attempt to search the endless selection on the other side of the television screen for something to help her unwind. Little did she know…

"I had put my TV on and it was on a sports channel and there was a hockey game; I'd never watched a hockey game before and I couldn't find the remote, so I was like, 'well, I'll just watch this,'" Mays laughed. "I thought it was really cool, and I watched the next game and the next game and just fell in love with the sport."

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