SAINT PAUL -- Each season, the Minnesota Wild joins forces with the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association for Hockey Fights Cancer™, an initiative to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. This year, for every Hockey Fights Cancer blanket fans purchase at Wild home games on Oct. 29 and Nov. 15, a blanket will be donated to local cancer centers while supplies last.
Minnesota's efforts will culminate on "Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night" on Tuesday, Nov. 15 when the Wild faces the Calgary Flames at 7 p.m. CT. Fans attending the game are encouraged to wear lavender to show their support. The night will be dedicated to supporting the cause in numerous ways:
• Wild players will wear lavender Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys during on-ice warmups, which will be auctioned off starting Nov. 15 on the official Minnesota Wild NHL Auctions page.
• Volunteers will collect new, unused pajamas at entrance gates of Xcel Energy Center prior to the game, which will be donated to local pediatric hospitals.
• The nightly Split-the-Pot raffle will benefit HopeKids, which provides support for families who have a child with cancer or other life-threatening medical condition.
• The game's Bench Buddies, BMO Harris® Bank Flag Bearer and Zamboni® ride experiences will be donated to pediatric cancer families.
• Dasherboard signage around the rink will be colored lavender for the night.
• Children's Hospital Cancer Kids Fund will be presented with proceeds from the Minnesota Wild Foundation's annual gala "Wild About Children."
Fans and organizations can also donate bundles of tickets to the Nov. 15 game to cancer-affiliated organizations. Learn more by clicking here.
Fans can once again donate to Hockey Fights Cancer at cash registers by rounding up their purchase or naming a donation amount at Xcel Energy Center concessions stands and at all Hockey Lodge locations throughout October and November.
Whether near or far, fans can also show support by downloading a personalized Hockey Fights Cancer "I Fight For" sign at wild.com/hfc. Fans are encouraged to share a picture of themselves holding their sign, and tag the Minnesota Wild (@mnwild on Twitter) and #hockeyfightscancer on any social media platform. Cards will also be made available to all fans in attendance on Nov. 15 and will be displayed during a special recognition moment in-game.
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.
To date, through the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, the NHL's US 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.