The Minnesota Wild will host its annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night this Thursday, Oct. 23, at Xcel Energy Center when the team faces off against the Arizona Coyotes at 7 p.m.
Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) Night will include a moment of silence built around the NHL’s I Fight For initiative, as well as lavender dasher boards (printing and installation donated by Big Ink Display Graphics and Print Lab, respectively and Account Manager Greg Monahan). All fans in attendance will receive the "I Fight For" placard. There will also be an in-game feature of the Wild’s month-long initiatives and in-arena public service announcements about HFC. The Wild will host pediatric cancer patients throughout the arena. Wild players will wear lavender jerseys during warm-ups that will later be auctioned online by the Minnesota Wild Foundation to benefit cancer charities.
Wild coaches and broadcasters will wear special Hockey Fights Cancer ties and pins to help spread awareness and demonstrate support. Fans attending the game are encouraged to wear lavender apparel and accessories to help spread awareness across the arena. Unique Wild Hockey Fights Cancer gear is available at all Hockey Lodge retail outlets throughout the month, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting HFC.
The Wild Better Halves, players’ wives and significant others, will be also hosting a “PJ’s for Patients” pajama drive at the game. Fans can donate new, un-worn pajamas of all sizes at Gates 1-4 of the Xcel Energy Center prior to the start of the game. The Better Halves will deliver donated pajamas to pediatric cancer patients at local children’s hospitals.
Fans can also sponsor cancer patients, their families and caregivers to attend Thursday’s game, by visiting Hockey Fights Cancer.
Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month will once again share the spotlight in October with the start of the 2014-15 NHL season. For this season’s month-long initiative, the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) have partnered with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer, MOVEMBER, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to raise funds and awareness for this important cause.