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Wings battle breast cancer

by Kelli Kearly / Detroit Red Wings
Goalie Chris Osgood took to the ice for warm-ups prior to the Red Wings game against San Jose last year on Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Joe Louis Arena.
DETROIT -- The Red Wings will host the team’s third annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Saturday, Oct. 10, when the team takes on Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals at Joe Louis Arena. Doors open at 6 p.m. EDT for the 7 p.m. game.

The game is part of the National Hockey League’s Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) month when all NHL players wear special HFC decals on the back of their helmets to signify the NHL’s collective effort to raise cancer awareness. Last year’s Red Wings Breast Cancer Awareness initiative raised more than $30,000 for local hockey families affected by breast cancer.

Select Red Wings players will wrap their sticks with pink tape during the pre-game warm-ups, and in support of the HFC campaign, Red Wings coaches and front office executives will wear lavender ties, which signify the fight against all forms of cancer. Lavender is the NHL’s designated color for this year’s HFC initiative. Some of the sticks used during the pre-game warm-up will be individually autographed and available in a silent auction on the Joe Louis Arena concourse during the game.

Red Wings’ wives will also get involved in the event by selling custom-made pink hats on the concourse for $20. They feature the winged wheel on the front of the hat with a pink breast cancer ribbon embroidered on the side. Proceeds from both the stick auction and the hat sales will benefit local hockey families affected by breast cancer.

The team will host breast cancer patients, survivors and their families in suites during the game.
Wings radio announcer Ken Kal models the pink Breast Cancer Awareness hat that will be available for $20 at JLA on Saturday. Proceeds go to help local families affected by breast cancer.

Hockey Fights Cancer™ is a joint 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, Hockey Fights Cancer™ has raised more than $10.5 million. Hockey Fights Cancer™ is 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.

WHAT: Red Wings Breast Cancer Awareness Night.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 10, 6 p.m. EDT doors and 7 p.m. puck drop.
WHERE: Joe Louis Arena.
EVENTS: Red Wings' wives selling Red Wings pink hats inside the East and West Gates.
                 Players using pink tape on their sticks during warmups.
                 Select sticks available on silent auction during the game inside 
                  the West Gate.
                 Coaches and staff wearing Hockey Fights Cancer lapel pins and
                 lavender ties.
                 Players wearing Hockey Fights Cancer decals on their helmets.
                 Breast cancer survivors attending the game as the Wings’
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