Nashville, Tenn. (November 6, 2014) – Tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 7, the Nashville Predators hit the ice at Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m. to take on the St. Louis Blues in support of the National Hockey League’s Hockey Fights Cancer, a month-long awareness initiative that began in mid-October and is supported by all 30 NHL teams. Saturday’s game marks the first of two Hockey Fights Cancer games the Predators will host this season, with money raised during Nashville’s Hockey Fights Cancer games benefiting the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Dollar General. The 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Dollar General, works to fund childhood cancer research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
There will be several opportunities throughout the game for fans to contribute funds for pediatric cancer research, including:
- Members of the Nashville Predators will wear special lavender Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys during warm-ups that will be auctioned off at two separate games: Nov. 7 and Feb. 20.
- Fans can purchase a Kids Club pack (section 109/110) and donate it back to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to give to a patient at the hospital.
- Special Hockey Fights Cancer items will be up for auction online at preds.myab.co and displayed at the Predators Foundation area (106/107).
- Purchase team-autographed mystery pucks at the Predators Foundation Area (section 106/107).
- Donate $1 from any purchase at all DNC-Sportservice concession stands.
- Drop change into donation buckets at all main entrances at the Nashville Predators Foundation area (106/107).
- Visiting NashvillePredators.com/365fund.
Serving as Child Ambassador and Mayor of Smashville for the game will be 19-year-old Cesar Espinosa. Espinosa was diagnosed with leukemia in January and continues to fight the disease.
Other initiatives from the game include:
- Lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties donned by Nashville Predators coaches and broadcasters.
- A suite sponsored by Pekka Rinne and Shea Weber that will be used by patients and families from Children’s Hospital.
- A patient participating in a pregame visit with Zebras Care, a charitable organization started by the NHL Officials Association that provides underprivileged and sick children the opportunity to meet NHL referees and linesmen and to attend an NHL game.
- Patients high-fiving players as they come on the ice through the Lexus Lounge tunnel.
About the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund Presented by Dollar General:
The Nashville Predators and the Nashville Predators Foundation raise money annually for the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Dollar General (formerly the Nashville Predators Pediatric Cancer Research Fund), established in 2010, through Hockey Fights Cancer games, silent and blind auctions, mystery pucks, fan donations and more. In September 2015, more than $395,000 was given to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Through the fund, the Nashville Predators have made donations totaling more than $1 million for the hospital and its programs over the past six years. For more information about the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Dollar General, visit NashvillePredators.com/365fund.
About Hockey Fights Cancer™
Hockey Fights Cancer™ is a charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League® and National Hockey League Players’ Association. It is supported by players, NHL member clubs, NHL alumni, the NHL Officials’ Association, professional hockey athletic trainers and equipment managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. The goal of Hockey Fights Cancer is to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. To date, through the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, the NHL's U.S. and Canadian charitable foundations and NHL supporters and fans have donated more than $14 million to support national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations. Hockey Fights Cancer is also a component of The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice®, the National Hockey League’s and National Hockey League Players’ Association’s social responsibility program that builds on hockey’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world. For more information about Hockey Fights Cancer, please go to HockeyFightsCancer.com.