In conjunction with the National Hockey League's 14th consecutive season supporting the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, the Florida Panthers home game against Buffalo tonight, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m., has been designated as the team's official Hockey Fights Cancer night.
As part of the festivities, the Florida Panthers Foundation will present a $7,500 check to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during the game. Additionally, fans can bid on three game-used sticks, with the winners getting to meet the Panthers player after the game to have the stick signed.
During the game, Panthers coaches and broadcasters will wear the lavender, official Hockey Fights Cancer ties, while additional Panthers staff will wear lavender and Hockey Fights Cancer pins. Additionally, players will continue to support Hockey Fights Cancer by wearing decals on their helmets for the month of October.
The game’s ceremonial puck will be dropped by 8-year-old Matthew Swenson, a neuroblastoma cancer survivor. CJ George, a pediatric cancer survivor and Florida Panthers Foundation ambassador, will wear a Hockey Fights Cancer shirt as he leads the Junior Panthers on ice during the pregame festivities.
Multiple cancer survivors and those affected by the disease will attend the game with charitable organizations, including Children Battling Cancer and Jessica June’s Children Cancer Foundation. The game will also feature in-arena public service announcements for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, St. Baldrick’s Foundation and other cancer fighting charities.
Fans are also encouraged to show their support by visiting www.shop.nhl.com
to purchase commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer items, including ties, hats, apparel andmore, with a portion of the proceeds going to the charitable organization.