ST. PAUL -- The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced it will host the organization's annual Hockey Fights Cancer™ Awareness Night on Saturday, Nov. 2, when the team hosts the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues at 7 p.m. Cancer patients, survivors and cancer charities will be featured throughout the game, and many of the in-game elements will incorporate the theme of Hockey Fights Cancer.
Fans attending the game on Nov. 2 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 starting Nov. 2 on the Minnesota Wild Foundation's auction site. The auction will end at noon Tuesday, Nov. 12. Proceeds will benefit the Minnesota Wild Foundation.
- The Wild Foundation will also host a mystery puck sale at Section 104 featuring HFC branded pucks, each puck is autographed and wrapped to conceal the signature. The Foundation puck sale will also feature a HFC puck autograph experience - fans can purchase a blank HFC puck and bring it back for a post-game autograph session and get the puck signed by Marcus Foligno or Jason Zucker. Proceeds will benefit the 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 1-5 of Xcel Energy Center from 4:45 p.m. through the end of the first period.
- The nightly Split-the-Pot raffle will benefit Children's Cancer Research Fund. Children's Cancer Research Fund is a national organization dedicated to curing childhood cancer by investing in the most effective research, collaborating with the most talented minds, inspiring and educating advocates worldwide to take action, and supporting families.
- Buzz Cuts, presented by Great Clips, will be available at Section 113 for $20 through the end of the second intermission. All proceeds will benefit the Wild's Hockey Fights Cancer charities.
- Fans can fill out Hockey Fights Cancer "I Fight For" signs at Hockey Fights Cancer tables at Section 121, Section 210, Gate 5, Promo Booth, and all Guest Services Areas. 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 and intermission Zamboni® ride experiences will be donated to pediatric cancer families.
- A five-year-old hockey player from Wayzata Youth Hockey Association, Brianna Lankford, was recently diagnosed with Leukemia and will be the game's honorary flag bearer. Her eight-year-old brother, Jack Lankford, an advanced mite from Wayzata YHA will skate the flag to center ice on his sister's behalf.
- Minnesota's Assistant General Manager Tom Kurvers will be making the Let's Play Hockey! Announcement. Kurvers is in a current fight against adenocarcinoma, a type of non-small cell lung cancer. He will be joined by his close friends, former hockey players and fellow cancer patients, Rob Andringa - diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer, and Brian Renfrew - Grade 3 Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST).
- 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 Minnesota Wild sold out its 1,000 exclusive ticket offer for a Limited-Edition Hockey Fights Cancer Love Your Melon Beanie. For every Limited-Edition Hockey Fights Cancer Love Your Melon Beanie purchased, one is donated to a person fighting cancer. In addition to the beanie, a portion of each ticket purchased was donated back to provide 200-plus game tickets to the Minnesota Wild Hockey Fights Cancer charity and hospital partners for the Nov. 2 contest.
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 three local cancer charities throughout the month of November and each will be highlighted individually at a Minnesota Wild home game at Xcel Energy Center:
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 $25 million to support national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities, and local charities. For more information, visit nhl.com/HockeyFightsCancer.
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