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Red Wings Annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night set for Tuesday

Fans encouraged to wear lavender to support cancer awareness as Red Wings take on Arizona Coyotes at Little Caesars Arena

by Alex DiFilippo / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings, through the team's Hockeytown Cares platform, have joined forces with the American Cancer Society to host the club's annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night, presented by Comerica Bank, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, when the Red Wings square off against the Arizona Coyotes at 7:30 p.m. at the award-winning Little Caesars Arena (FOX Sports Detroit & 97.1 The Ticket). Red Wings fans attending Tuesday's game are encouraged to wear lavender to help support cancer awareness.

More than 100 cancer patients, survivors, caretakers and researchers from American Cancer Society will experience the game from the Michigan First Gondola perched above the action as guests of the Red Wings. Additionally, the first 7,500 fans attending Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Little Caesars Arena will receive a lavender-themed T-shirt and every fan in attendance will receive an official "I Fight For" sign, courtesy of Comerica Bank and the Red Wings.

Fans will also have an opportunity to support the American Cancer Society through the purchase of player-autographed Mystery Pucks and 50/50 Raffle tickets, and an online auction of lavender player-used Red Wings Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys and sticks. Proceeds from fundraising efforts will benefit the American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program and provide transportation to and from treatment for metro Detroit cancer patients. On average, each $10 donation provides one ride for a cancer patient to reach vital services.

Hockey Fights Cancer™ is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. To date, the Hockey Fights Cancer programs of the National Hockey League Foundation (in the US) and the NHL Foundation (in Canada), along with NHL supporters and fans, have donated more than $20 million to support the cancer programs of national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local charities.

Red Wings Hockey Fights Cancer Night Activities include:


VIP TEAM PRACTICE EXPERIENCE & LUNCHEON

Prior to the game, the Red Wings will host more than 100 cancer patients, survivors, caretakers and researchers for a VIP experience at Little Caesars Arena during the team's morning practice session at 10:30 a.m. After practice, guests will enjoy lunch in the Comerica Players Club along with a meet and greet opportunity with select Red Wings players. Each guest will also receive a special Hockey Fights Cancer fan package and Michigan First Gondola tickets to the game, compliments of Comerica Bank and the Detroit Red Wings.


HONORARY PUCK DROP CAPTAIN - STACEY WILCOX

Honorary Puck Drop Captain, Stacey Wilcox, is a cancer survivor and American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Driver. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 at the age of 45. She had a bilateral mastectomy before finding out her condition was a very rare Grade 3 form of lobular breast cancer. Her treatment included four rounds of chemotherapy every three weeks and 28 treatments of radiation. Stacey found out in 2018 that the cancer had returned and spread to her bones. The type of cancer she is currently fighting is not curable, only treatable. For more than a year, during her own fight with cancer, Stacey has volunteered as driver for the Road to Recovery program to ensure patients have a reliable ride to their cancer treatment centers.

A manager of oncology, cancer researcher and Road to Recovery volunteer will join Stacey at center ice for the puck drop:

  • Lisa D'Andrea, Manager of Oncology and Nurse Navigator at Wilson Cancer Resource Center, Beaumont Troy
  • Dr. Hillary Marusak, American Cancer Society Funded Researcher at Wayne State University
  • Marjorie Taylor, Road to Recovery Volunteer Driver from Dexter, Mich.


MYSTERY PUCK DRAW

In support of American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery transportation program, fans can purchase a limited number of player-autographed pucks from the Mystery Puck Draw located near the Comerica Entrance on the main concourse. Each puck is available for $40 and features the autograph of a current Red Wings player. Comerica Bank will match donations from the Mystery Puck Draw up to $10,000.

One gold-signed puck will also be included in the mystery draw to give one lucky fan a postgame meet and greet opportunity with Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha. Members of the Lady Wings, a volunteer group made up of Red Wings players' wives and significant others, will assist the Mystery Puck Draw.

On average, each puck purchased will provide four rides for metro Detroit cancer patients to reach vital services. Representatives from the American Cancer Society will also be present to provide fans with more information on how to support the Road to Recovery program.


DASHER BOARDS TURN LAVENDER

The Red Wings, in conjunction with their corporate partners, will swap out all dasher board messaging which circles the ice surface at Little Caesars Arena to a one-color, lavender theme to support Hockey Fights Cancer Night.


HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY

The first 7,500 fans attending Tuesday's game will receive a lavender-themed Hockey Fights Cancer T-shirt, courtesy of Comerica Bank and the Detroit Red Wings. Guests can pick up their T-shirts from distribution booths located at the four main entrances to Little Caesars Arena.


"I FIGHT FOR" SIGNS

Each fan attending the game will receive an official "I Fight For" sign, courtesy of Comerica Bank and the Detroit Red Wings. Guests are asked to write the name of someone they know affected by cancer on the sign as a showing of support. Markers will be available from ushers located in each portal of Little Caesars Arena. During the second television timeout of the first period, attendees will be encouraged to stand and hold up their "I Fight For" sign to recognize the person in their life who has been affected by cancer.


JOIN THE CONVERSATION IN SUPPORT OF CANCER AWARENESS

Fans are encouraged to join the conversation in support of cancer awareness by sharing photos from Hockey Fights Cancer Night via Facebook (facebook.com/detroitredwings), Instagram (@DetroitRedWings and @HockeytownCares) or Twitter (@DetroitRedWings) using the official hashtags #HockeytownCares and #HockeyFightsCancer. Fans can also share their story on Snapchat (@OfficialDRW) with the special lavender-themed Hockey Fights Cancer filter.

Additionally, fans will have an opportunity to take a photo sitting in a large inflatable purple chair located on the Via of Little Caesars Arena near the Meijer Entrance. The chair will feature Hockey Fights Cancer and American Cancer Society branding.


DETROIT RED WINGS FOUNDATION 50/50 CHARITY RAFFLE

Fans can purchase Detroit Red Wings Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle tickets, presented by Michigan First Credit Union, tickets from sellers or kiosks throughout Little Caesars Arena. Each winner receives 50 percent of the jackpot, with the remaining proceeds benefiting the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League and the American Cancer Society.


HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER ONLINE AUCTION

Red Wings players will don Hockey Fights Cancer lavender jerseys and use lavender-taped hockey sticks during pregame warm-ups on Tuesday. The jerseys and sticks will then be auctioned at www.DetroitRedWings.com/Auction, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. The online auction will run through Monday, Nov. 26.


HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER APPAREL

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill and the team's coaching staff, along with FOX Sports Detroit broadcast personalities, will wear special Hockey Fights Cancer ties and lapel pins during Tuesday's game. Fans in attendance can also raise awareness in the fight against cancer by purchasing Red Wings Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys at the Little Caesars Arena Team Store, while supplies last.


PRE AND IN-GAME EXPERIENCES

Pre-selected cancer patients and survivors attending the game will enjoy many of the one-of-a-kind game day experiences at Little Caesars Arena, including Zamboni rides, pregame penalty box visits and in-game contests.


ADDITIONAL EFFORTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

  • Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard participated in the American Cancer Society's Real Men Wear Pink campaign for the second-straight season. Howard raised $9,236 and donated 24 Red Wings jerseys this year to help save lives from breast cancer through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research and patient support.
  • Lady Wings served breakfast to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit on Sunday, Nov. 11, assisting the non-profit in providing a home away from home for families of sick children.


TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHT

A limited number of tickets are available for Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Fans can purchase individual game tickets at the Little Caesars Arena XFINITY Box Office, online at www.DetroitRedWings.com or by calling the Red Wings Ticket Sales and Service Office at 313-471-7575.

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