OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators), in partnership with the Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation), will host their seventh annual Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night in support of prostate cancer research and awareness at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday, Oct. 30, when the team opposes the Chicago Blackhawks. Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night was originally slated for Wednesday, Oct. 22, but was rescheduled due to last week’s tragic events in Ottawa.
Hockey Fights Cancer, part of the National Hockey League’s cancer awareness program, is a joint charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the NHL and NHL 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, the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative has raised more than $14 million.
Prior to the start of Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. game, Senators wives and girlfriends will join team president Cyril Leeder and Ottawa Senators Foundation president Danielle Robinson when the doors open to distribute Hockey Fights Cancer “I Fight For” cards at Gate 1, behind Section 116 and 106 in addition to two areas on the 200-level behind Section 201 and at the top of the stairs at Gate 1.
Fans are encouraged to write the name of someone they know who has been affected by cancer. Fans will then be asked to stand and display their cards during a special opening ceremony that will see Senators general manager Bryan Murray, assistant coach Mark Reeds and Ottawa Senators Foundation Board member Max Keeping drop the puck during a ceremonial faceoff.
To support the initiative fans can:
- Purchase tickets to the game using promo code “JointheFight”. A discount will be provided to fans and a portion of every sale will go to the Ottawa Senators Foundation.
- Text message SENS to 45678 for a $10 donation and SENATORS to 45678 for a $5 contribution. The NHL will match funds raised up to a total of $5,000.
- Download an “I Fight For” card and show us for whom you are fighting.
- During warm-up, Senators players will be wearing special purple jerseys, which will be availble via auction throughout the game. The auction will take place at the Gate 1 entrance. Other limited edition Hockey Fights Cancer merchandise will be available at the Sens Store. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ottawa Senators Foundation and Hockey Fights Cancer.
All proceeds from Hockey Fights Cancer donations will be directed to the Ottawa Senators Foundation in support of the the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, the Canadian Cancer Society and prostate cancer research and awareness.
For more information on Hockey Fights Cancer and Thursday’s event, please visit www.ottawasenators.com or www.sensfoundation.com.
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