ST. PAUL -- The NHL's Minnesota Wild today announced it will host the organization's annual Hockey Fights Cancer™ Awareness Night on Tuesday, Nov. 14, when the team hosts the Philadelphia Flyers at Xcel Energy Center for a 7 p.m. CT game on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Cancer patients, survivors and cancer charities will be featured throughout the game, and many of the traditional in-game elements will incorporate the theme of Hockey Fights Cancer.
Fans attending Tuesday's game are encouraged to wear lavender to show their support. The night will be dedicated to supporting the fight against cancer in numerous ways.
Minnesota Wild players will wear special, lavender Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys during on-ice warmups before the game. The jerseys will be auctioned to benefit the Minnesota Wild Foundation starting Wednesday, Nov. 15, on the official Minnesota Wild NHL Auctions Page.
Wild players will also wear special Hockey Fights Cancer helmet decals throughout the game and many will use lavender hockey tape. Wild coaches and broadcasters will wear lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties and lapel pins.
The Wild will host a pajama drive to benefit patients at local pediatric hospitals. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unused pajamas of all sizes to Gates 1-4 of Xcel Energy Center from 5:45 p.m. through the end of the first period.
The game's Split-the-Pot raffle will benefit Spare Key, which provides assistance to families in crisis with critically ill or seriously injured children through housing grant payment assistance, engaged resource referral and advocacy.
Hockey Fights Cancer "I Fight For" cards filled out by Wild players and staff members will line the hallway between the Wild locker room and bench. Fans can fill out their own "I Fight For" signs at Hockey Fights Cancer tables at Section 104 and 121, Gate 5, and the 200-level Guest Services Area. The cards will be displayed during a special recognition moment in-game.
Former North Star Jack Carlson will make the traditional "Let's Play Hockey!" call before puck drop. After battling cancer for the last few years, he recently received the great news that he is cancer free.
The game's pre-game Bench Buddies, Flag Bearer and intermission Zamboni® ride experiences will be donated to pediatric cancer families.
The corporate partner dasherboards and ice-level signage around the rink will be colored lavender for the night.
Each official Hockey Fights Cancer charity group will be represented throughout the game at the Hockey Fights Cancer information tables at Section 121 of the main concourse. The charities will also be highlighted in the second intermission, during which fans will be encouraged to stay in their seats.
Fans and organizations can purchase bundles of tickets to the Nov. 14 game to be donated to cancer-affiliated organizations. For more information, click here.
Tuesday's game will also feature larger, month-long Hockey Fights Cancer initiatives by the Wild. Fans can support the fight at any Wild home game at throughout the month of November.
Hockey Fights Cancer blankets will be sold on the main concourse at each Wild home game in November. For each blanket purchased ($40), one blanket will be donated to local cancer centers.
Hockey Fights Cancer merchandise is available now at all Hockey Lodge locations and StateOfHockeyStore.com. A portion of each sale will be donated to Hockey Fights Cancer. Fans can also donate to Hockey Fights Cancer at cash registers of all Hockey Lodge locations throughout the month of November.
Fans can also show their support by downloading a Hockey Fights Cancer "I Fight For" sign at wild.com/hfc. Fans are encouraged to personalize their signs and share a picture of themselves holding their signs, and tag the Minnesota Wild (@mnwild on Twitter) and #HockeyFightsCancer on social media platforms.
The Wild is partnering with six local cancer charities throughout the month of November and each will be highlighted individually at a Minnesota Wild home game at Xcel Energy Center:
- Team Tucker: Play, Laugh, Love - Thursday, Nov. 2 vs. Montreal
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Saturday, Nov. 4 vs. Chicago
- Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota - Thursday, Nov. 16 vs. Nashville
- Pinky Swear Foundation - Monday, Nov. 20 vs. New Jersey
- Movember - Friday, Nov. 24 vs. Colorado
- St. Jude Children's Hospital - Thursday, Nov. 30 vs. Vegas
Each season, the Minnesota Wild joins forces with the NHL and the National Hockey League Players' Association for Hockey Fights Cancer™, an initiative to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. To date, the NHL's U.S. and Canadian charitable foundations and NHL supporters and fans have donated more than $15 million to support national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations.
For more information, visit nhl.com/HockeyFightsCancer.