October 29, was a special night at the Sommet Center. Not only did the Nashville Predators make strides in the standings with a 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, they also lent a hand in a more important battle; the fight against cancer.
Last Thursday, the Predators hosted Hockey Fights Cancer
night – a night which included several special initiatives all directed at raising money and awareness for the fight against cancer.
The evening kicked off with thirteen-year-old Trace Kimler – the Preds Child Ambassador for the night – dropping a ceremonial puck pre game. Diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma of the left scapula with lung metastasis just two days after his thirteenth birthday, Chase finished his radiation treatment in September and is currently cancer free. Throughout his struggle, Trace has remained an avid Predators fan and was named the honorary Mayor of Smashville for the evening.
Prior to the game, Zebra’s Care
, a charitable organization formed by the National Hockey League Officials Association for underprivileged and sick children, met with three young cancer patients. The officials chatted with the patients and their families, signed autographs and took the kids out on the ice. One of those patients, Jordin Cimini – whose Make-a-Wish
desire is to be a broadcaster – also had the opportunity to spend some time in the broadcast booth with Predators play-by-play announcer Pete Weber and color analyst Terry Crisp.
During the game, Predators forward J.P. Dumont hosted several Children's Hospital patients and their families in his personal suite. After the patients and families enjoyed the game from a private suite, they were invited down to the locker room to attend a post-game meet and greet with Predators players.
Other initiatives from the night included a special silent auction which included; Hockey Fights Cancer
team-autographed ties (Predators and Blackhawks), Vanderbilt University Medical Center hot-air balloon ride and platters designed by Children's Hospital patients; Preds coaches and broadcasters donned lavender Hockey Fights Cancer
ties; players sported Hockey Fights Cancer
stickers on their helmets; Children’s Hospital mascot Champ and Vanderbilt volunteers collected donations for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt; and for every single-game ticket sold for the game, the Preds donated 25 percent back to the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Additionally, the players wore special Hockey Fights Cancer
jerseys at their pre-game Morning Skate. The jerseys were then signed and will be sold at upcoming game-day silent auctions. Money raised from the silent auctions will benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation – a charitable organization which strives to meet the educational, social, health and cultural needs of our community by offering unique resources and financial support to local youth-oriented organizations.Hockey Fights Cancer
is a joint initiative created by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association which honors those in the hockey community who have struggled, or continue to struggle with the disease. 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, the initiative has raised more than $10.5 million for cancer research and care.