DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene will be playing for a good cause in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports 2).
Duchene said Tuesday he will auction the skates he wears Saturday to raise money for CureSearch, a children's cancer charity, and Haven Anderson, a 4-year-old girl who, at 2 years old, was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma.
The auction will be held on NHL.com.
Duchene said he wants to "make this event mean even more and hopefully fight cancer." He met Anderson at a 2014 Hockey Fights Cancer skate in Denver and has kept in touch since.
"She could put a smile on anyone's face," Duchene said in a Sportsnet video feature about the two.
According to its website, CureSearch for Children's Cancer is a national nonprofit foundation that accelerates the search for cures for children's cancer by driving innovation, transcending research barriers and solving the field's most challenging problems.
Duchene's CCM skates, which are blue on the bottom, will be autographed by him and come with a special case made by Framework Sports Memorabilia.