Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association. It’s 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.
In support of the initiative, Senators players will be wearing Hockey Fights Cancer decals on the backs of their helmets for all games during the month of October.
Additionally, Senators president Cyril Leeder, general manager Bryan Murray and all members of the coaching staff will be wearing lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties on Thursday night to show support for the initiative. Lavender, which represents awareness for all cancers, is the designated color for this year’s initiative.
Prior to Thursday night’s game, Senators wives and girlfriends will sell autographed one-of-a-kind Hockey Fights Cancer hats ($35), ties ($75) and Reflections on a Hockey Season photo books ($50) at the Gate 1 and Gate 2 entrances of Scotiabank Place. All proceeds from the sale of these items will go to support Hockey Fights Cancer.
Teresa Donovan, Erin Phillips and Jennifer Spezza will host 10-year-old Evan Simms, a current CHEO cancer patient, and six-year-old Jacob Randle, a CHEO cancer survivor, along with their families at the team’s practice on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Simms and Randle will join 17-year-old cancer survivor Ashley Backstrom and her family at the Senators game on Oct. 15.