The Dallas Stars will hold their annual Hockey Fights Cancer night presented by UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center on Tuesday, Oct. 28 against the St. Louis Blues.
The 2014-15 season marks the 16th 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 $14 million to cancer organizations throughout North America.
The theme for this season's Hockey Fights Cancer night is "I'm Fighting For", an acknowledgement that everyone knows someone who has been impacted by cancer. 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 have the option to use lavender tape on sticks and equipment. Non-profit organizations (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center, Cancer Support Community) will be in attendance to provide fans with information and opportunities to support cancer research. Delete Blood Cancer will be at Section 113 to help fans sign-up to become bone marrow donors.
Don Widdicombe, who has served as the Dallas Stars locker room security officer since 1997, will participate in the ceremonial puck drop. Widdicombe was diagnosed with advanced stage prostate cancer in October 2013 and underwent a surgical procedure earlier this year.
The Dallas Stars Foundation will be raising money for the three non-profit organizations represented at the game by auctioning off warm-up used lavender taped sticks from Dallas Stars players. The sticks 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.