The Buffalo Sabres today announced that the team will again take part in the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer™ program during the team’s home game, presented by ECMC, on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. against the Edmonton Oilers. As part of an NHL-wide initiative to raise money and awareness for cancer research, the Sabres will be hosting events throughout the night with the help of local cancer patients and their charitable organizations.
Fans attending the game will have the opportunity to purchase “RJ” hats for $20 in honor of Rick Jeanneret and his fight against cancer. The hats have been donated by New Era Cap Company and will be sold before the game and until they are sold out. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the cancer care and research.
To commemorate the night, all Sabres players will wear purple jerseys and use sticks with purple tape during warm-ups, and the jerseys and sticks will be auctioned off on NHL.com immediately following the game to benefit cancer care and research. There will also be a ceremonial puck drop before the game, so fans are strongly encouraged to be in their seats early.
Wives and girlfriends of the Sabres players and ECMC volunteers will also be stationed at tables throughout the concourse to help fans fill out “I am fighting for ___” placards to be held up at a designated time during the third period. Additional informational tables will be found in the 100 level pavilion, including ECMC’s table where they will be raffling off a pink Gilbert Perreault jersey.
Fans can also CLICK HERE to download their own “I am fighting for ___” placard, and can have a chance to win a pair of tickets to Friday's game. Just post a picture of yourself with your dedicated sign on our Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat accounts using #HockeyFightsCancer for a chance to win.
In addition to the events happening in the arena, area Tim Hortons locations will be selling ‘I love the Sabres’ donuts and $20,000 from the sales will go towards the ECMC Lifeline Foundation.
Over the past two years, the Buffalo Sabres’ Hockey Fights Cancer fund has donated $15,000 to Flashes of Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for children's cancer while honoring the unique life and memories of every child fighting cancer. Several Sabres players went to Roswell Park Cancer Institute this past summer to visit with patients that benefit from Flashes of Hope.
Members of Camp Good Days will join other cancer patients from Carly’s Club, ECMC, Roswell Park and WNY Hospice Essential Care throughout the game in suites donated by the Sabres organization and captain Brian Gionta.
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 US 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.