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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo Sabres coaches, executives and broadcasters will be wearing commemorative “Hockey Fights Cancer” ties during Thursday’s home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, in conjunction with HFC Awareness Nights. 

Fans attending the game will be able to purchase autographed Sabres pink hats for a $20 donation, with a portion of the proceeds going to Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Buffalo Sabres Foundation. The Sabres Significant Others will be selling the hats on both sides of the 100 level pavilion starting at 5:00 p.m. Each hat was generously donated by the New Era Cap Company and is autographed by a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

Lavender, which represents awareness for all cancers, is the designated color for this year’s initiative and will be worn by the hockey community throughout October. Members of the hockey family, including NHL coaches, broadcasters and team personnel, will wear a commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer tie at games in October. The lavender tie features blue and pink stripes and an embroidered Hockey Fights Cancer logo.  Also, in support of this initiative, all NHL players will wear a Hockey Fights Cancer decal on their helmets during all regular-season games in October.

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 million.

The Buffalo Sabres Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that is committed to enhancing the quality of life for the Western New York region.  In the process, the foundation strives to assist worthwhile organizations that make this region a better place to live and work.  The primary focus of the foundation is to assist youth hockey initiatives, children’s health and wellness initiatives, specifically those that serve the underprivileged and handicapped, and to provide support to non-profit organizations and groups that provide vital services to those in need in our community.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute, founded in 1898, is the nation’s first cancer research, treatment and education center. The Institute was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. RPCI is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or e-mail

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