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Hockey Fights Cancer

Actor Dale running marathon to help fight cancer

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com

Actor James Badge Dale has been affected by cancer; his mother died from the disease when he was 15 years old.

He has a passion for hockey; he was a goaltender at the Division III and Junior A levels.

He's an avid runner who recently ran a half-marathon in Utah at 9,000 feet above sea level and the Breck Crest Mountain Marathon in Colorado.

On Nov. 1, Dale will use hockey and running to help his crusade against cancer when he competes in his first New York City Marathon. Dale will run wearing a Hockey Fights Cancer T-shirt and hat, and has taken to Twitter to request donations in support of the charity, a joint initiative between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association that has raised more than $15 million since its inception in 1998.

Dale has appeared in film and television roles, including the third season of "24," AMC's "Rubicon," "The Departed," and "Iron Man 3." His latest project, "The Walk," is based on Philippe Petit's tightrope walk between the Twin Towers on Aug. 7, 1974.

"It feels right," Dale said of running the NYC Marathon. "'The Walk' is a movie I'm very proud of. I'm proud of this city. I'm proud to be from here. I'm proud of the people that come out of here and the way that we all live together and band together as a community no matter where you're from.

"This one came up and I wasn't working in November so it's time to run the marathon in the city I was born in."

Dale played hockey at Division III Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., and for the Utah Valley Golden Eagles Junior A team. His career ended after he sustained a left hip displacement.

"I think I hit my ceiling anyway," Dale said. "I remember at Manhattanville I got out there and I was always a fast goaltender. I had fast legs but a really bad glove hand. Within a month they'd all figure out how to score on me. To this day, and I'm still friends with all these guys 15 years later, they still make fun of my glove hand."

A devoted fan of the New York Rangers, Dale credits hockey with providing an outlet and a positive influence in his life. This weekend he'll combine his love of hockey and running to raise awareness for a noble cause.

"Hockey actually got me back to New York," Dale said. "I got hurt and all my energy went into the theatre program. I don't know if I'd be doing what I'm doing today if it wasn't for hockey and the things I've learned there. It's a good meld of causes to bring attention to."

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