The Dallas Stars will hold their annual Hockey Fights Cancer night presented by UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center on Saturday, Oct. 22 when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The 2016-17 season marks the 18th 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 over $15 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 we are all connected to this disease, and we fight together. As a tribute to those battling cancer, every seat at American Airlines Center will have a blank card with the slogan. Fans in attendance will be encouraged to write-in the person on the card who is significant to them and will be used during an in-game tribute.
Trevor Strader, son of Dallas Stars play-by-play announcer Dave Strader, will sing the national anthem and participate in the ceremonial puck drop. His father Dave was diagnosed this summer with cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer. Beginning on Saturday night, the team will wear a helmet sticker to support Dave in his fight against the disease for the rest of 2016-17 season. Stars fans wishing to send Dave an encouraging message can visit the Dallas Stars Foundation table outside of Section 113 to fill out a personalized card.
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. The Dallas Stars Foundation will be raising money for five non-profit organizations represented at the game by auctioning off the jerseys worn during warmups by Dallas Stars players. Proceeds collected from the auction will go to cancer organizations including St. Jude's, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Pinky Swear, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Alex's Lemonade Stand.
The jerseys will be available for bidding online by visiting auctions.nhl.com. Wives of Stars players will be selling autographed player cards that will be available on AT&T Plaza for a $5 minimum donation to non-profit organizations partnering with the Dallas Stars.