SAINT PAUL -- The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced it will host the organization's annual Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night presented by Innovative Office Solutions on Nov. 27, when the team hosts the Arizona Coyotes 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 the game on Nov. 27 are encouraged to wear lavender to show their support. The night will be dedicated to supporting the fight against cancer in numerous ways:
- Wild players will wear lavender Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys during on-ice warmups, which will be auctioned off Nov. 27 on the official Minnesota Wild NHL Auctions page. The auction will end Dec. 7. The net proceeds will benefit the Minnesota Wild Foundation.
- 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 4:45 p.m. through the end of the first period.
- The nightly Split-the-Pot raffle will benefit HopeKids, which provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-¬threatening medical condition.
- 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, Gate 5, and the 200-level Guest Services Area. The cards will be displayed during a special recognition moment in-game.
- Hockey Fights Cancer blankets will be sold at Section 104. For each blanket purchased, one blanket will be donated to local cancer centers.
- The game's pre-game Bench Buddies, Flag Bearer and intermission Zamboni® ride experiences will be donated to pediatric cancer families.
- Each official Hockey Fights Cancer charity group will be represented throughout the game at the Hockey Fights Cancer information tables 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.
The first 500 individuals to purchase tickets to the game on Nov. 27 will receive a Limited Edition Hockey Fights Cancer Love Your Melon Beanie. For every Limited Edition Hockey Fights Cancer Love Your Melon Beanie purchased, one will be donated to a person fighting cancer. In addition to the beanie, a portion of each ticket purchased will be donated back to provide game tickets to the Minnesota Wild Hockey Fights Cancer charity and hospital partners. For more information on this exclusive offer, click here.
The game will also feature larger, month-long Hockey Fights Cancer initiatives by the Wild. Throughout the month of November, fans can support the fight at any Wild home game:
- Hockey Fights Cancer merchandise is available now at all Hockey Lodge locations. 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 four local cancer charities throughout the month of November and each will be highlighted individually at a Minnesota Wild home game at Xcel Energy Center:
- PAB'S Packs - Thursday, Nov. 15 vs. Vancouver
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Saturday, Nov. 17 vs. Buffalo
- Pinky Swear Foundation - Wednesday, Nov. 21 vs. Ottawa
- Minnesota Prostate Cancer Coalition - Friday, Nov. 23 vs. Winnipeg
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 $20 million to support national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities, and local charities. For more information, visit nhl.com/HockeyFightsCancer.