Across the NHL, October is Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month
. Teams are holding awareness nights to raise funds for this important cause, and select broadcasters are also joining the fight. Saturday, Oct. 13 will be a busy night in the NHL with four teams involved in the HFC program.
, the Maple Leafs will host a Cancer Awareness Night when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins
at Air Canada Centre. The night has appropriately been named Pink Ribbon Night, and all fans in attendance will receive a pink ribbon. The Leafs have also partnered with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and through game-day donations and an online auction of that night’s game-worn helmets, will raise funds for the cause. The CBC, which will be broadcasting the game, will also be participating. Broadcasters Don Cherry
and Ron MacLean will be wearing pink Hockey Fights Cancer ties.
The CBC will also be partnering with Vancouver
in the second game of their doubleheader coverage. The game between Canucks and Edmonton Oilers
at General Motors Place will feature an in-game cancer awareness video on the JumboTron. Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault
along with his staff will be wearing pink ties in honor of Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night. Team captain Markus Naslund
is also adding a special element to the program as he will host children with cancer in his suite for the entire game.
, the Thrashers will be hosting the second of their three Awareness nights during the month of October, taking on the New Jersey Devils
at Phillips Arena. Children from cancer-affiliated programs will be special guests, participating in a puck drop and a post-game meet and greet with a player. There will also be special items for sale throughout the night with a portion of the proceeds going to Hockey Fights Cancer.
, the Panthers will get into the act when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning
at BankAtlantic. During the game, a special opening face-off ceremony will begin the evening's festivities. Pat Pedraja, a 12-year-old boy battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, will drop the puck. Pink Hockey Fights Cancer Panthers caps will be on sale beginning tonight and for the remainder of October.
Throughout October, all NHL players will wear pink decals on their helmets, coaches and broadcasters will wear pink ties, and several arenas will be "dressed" in pink. Auctions will be held to help raise money for Hockey Fights Cancer, which has raised more than $9 million since its inception in 1998.