The Dallas Stars will hold their annual Hockey Fights Cancer night presented by UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center on Saturday, Oct. 24 against the Florida Panthers.
The 2015-16 season marks the 17th anniversary of Hockey Fights Cancer, the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association joint charitable initiative dedicated to raising awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. Since its inception in 1998, Hockey Fights Cancer has donated approximately $15 million to cancer organizations throughout North America.
The theme for this season's Hockey Fights Cancer night is "I'm Inspired By", an acknowledgement that we are all inspired by people who continue to fight this disease, as well as the people who stand by them during their fight. As a tribute to those battling cancer, every seat at American Airlines Center will have a blank card with the slogan. The Stars will encourage fans to write-in the person on the card who is significant to them and will be used during an in-game tribute.
As a part of the league-wide initiative, all members of the Dallas Stars coaching staff will wear Hockey Fights Cancer ties on the bench during the game and Dallas Stars players will wear lavender jerseys during warmups. Non-profit organizations (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center, ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer and the National Breast Cancer Foundation) will be in attendance to provide fans with information and opportunities to support cancer research. The National Breast Cancer Foundation will be at Section 113 to provide fans with more information.
Bekki Nill, who is the wife of Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill, will participate in the ceremonial puck drop. Bekki was diagnosed with breast cancer over 15 years ago and is continuing to undergo treatment. For the third season in a row, she will be hosting a suite at the game for breast cancer fighters and survivors.
The Dallas Stars Foundation will be raising money for the four non-profit organizations represented at the game by auctioning off the jerseys worn during warmups by Dallas Stars players. The jerseys will be available for bidding online by visiting the Dallas Stars Foundation website. Additionally, the wives of Dallas Stars players will also be sporting lavender attire at the doors pre-game collecting donations for cancer organizations. Autographed player cards will be available on AT&T Plaza for a $5 minimum donation to non-profit organizations partnering with the Dallas Stars.