Pittsburgh Penguins players will wear commemorative black-and-lavender jerseys in the pre-game warmup Saturday as part of the team's "Hockey Fights Cancer" night at PPG Paints Arena. The Pens take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00 PM ET and tickets are still available for purchase here.
The players also will use lavender tape on their sticks in the warmup. The jerseys and sticks will then be autographed after the game and auctioned online to benefit the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and the Mario Lemieux Foundation. The auction will be held from November 16-23 at penshfc.givesmart.com.
Among the other "Hockey Fights Cancer" initiatives on Saturday:
- All fans attending the game will receive a commemorative "Hockey Fights Cancer" tote bag with a lavender awareness ribbon.
- Both teams will line up at the blue lines before the opening faceoff for a moment of silence to honor the patients and families of those battling or moving past cancer. Fans will be asked to turn on the flashlights on their cell phones to join in the salute/moment of silence.
- The Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin Charity Suites will be donated to young cancer patients and their families.
- Sixteen-year-old Daisy Romano of DuBois will officially ring her "End-of-Treatment Bell" at the game; twelve-year-old Emerson Hendry of Make-A-Wish will ride the Zamboni in the first intermission.
- Seven cancer survivors from the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center will be honored on the red carpet during the national anthem.
- "I Fight For ___" cards will be available for fans on the arena concourse.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation will sell "Mystery Pucks" to support HFC fundraising.
- Penguins coaches, executives, staff and broadcasters will wear HFC ties and scarves.
- Iceburgh will wear an HFC jersey, and the Orr's Jewelers Ice Crew will wrap their shovels and pails in lavender.
Forward Bryan Rust is representing the Penguins in the league-wide "Movember" online fundraising program to support several causes, including the fight against prostate and testicular cancer. Goaltender Matt Murray recorded a public service announcement about early detection and treatment at UPMC Hillman.