The Minnesota Wild's only matchup of the season with Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals was the main attraction on Thursday night. But fans who filled the arena to watch one of the most dynamic players in NHL history were also a part of a night dedicated to one of the NHL's greatest causes.
It was the culmination of Hockey Fights Cancer month tonight, in which the Wild hosted pediatric cancer patients in donated suites and arena seating as well as meet and greets with Wild players.
Fans also had the opportunity to purchase Hockey Fights Cancer men's and women's T-shirts (available at the Hockey Lodge while supplies last) and were able to bid on game-used, autographed items like pucks and gloves and framed goal pucks. Fans can also bid on the items online through November 7 right here
And speaking of November, it shall henceforth be known as "Movember." For the second straight year, Wild players and fans will sport mustaches through the month in support of prostate cancer. There will be a Movember page on Wild.com starting on Monday, but fans can join the Wild's Movember team or make a donation right here
Hockey Fights Cancer™ is a joint charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and National Hockey League 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, Hockey Fights Cancer™ has raised more than $11 million. Hockey Fights Cancer™ is a component of The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice™, the National Hockey League’s® and National Hockey League Players’ Association’s social responsibility program that builds on hockey’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.