Between October 19, and November 13, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association are putting on the 17th annual Hockey Fights Cancer Campaign.
Beginning in 1998, the joint initiative has raised over $15 million that has been donated to national and local organizations in cancer research and care.
This year, four local cancer charities will partner with the Wild throughout October: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and Movember.
The Wild will host its official Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Tuesday, October 27, against the Edmonton Oilers. There are a number of ways fans can get involved, key dates, and upcoming events.
•Fans can purchase Hockey Fights Cancer themed items from the Hockey Lodge. Proceeds from items purchased at any Hockey Lodge location will be donated to the Hockey Fights Cancer organizations.
•Additionally, monetary donations can be made at the Hockey Lodge during any purchase, and also, at all Levy's vendors during games, fans can round up on their total, with the difference being donated to the Hockey Fights Cancer organizations, or can leave a separate, monetary donation.
•Ticket packages are available for purchase to be donated to patients, hospitals, and other local cancer-affiliated organizations. There are three different price tiers. More information can be found here.
Saturday, October 24
The Wild will play the Anaheim Ducks, and as soon as gates open, fans will be able to purchase custom Hockey Fights Cancer mystery pucks at section 104. The pucks are all autographed by Wild player, is wrapped up, and the mystery is which player signed the puck. A limited number of pucks will be available while supplies last. The money raised by the Mystery Pucks will go to the Wild Foundation, which in turn will be donated to organizations involved with cancer research or care. More information can be found here.
Tuesday, October 27
The official Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Xcel Energy Center as the Wild takes on the Edmonton Oilers. There will be a number of pre- and in-game activities, dedicated to supporting the cause in many ways.
•Lavender "I Fight For" placards will be handed out to fans, and tables with markers will be set up on the concourses so fans can show their support to those close to them who have been effected by cancer. There will be an in-game stoppage where cameras will pan the crowd, showing fans holding their signs.
•If you're not attending the game, the placard will be available via download, and fans can fill them out at home and share photos via social media with the Wild using the hashtag 'hockeyfightscancer.'
•During pregame warmups, players will wear lavender jerseys, which will later be auctioned, with all the proceeds going to the Wild Foundation. Intelligent lighting in the arena will flood the ice lavender during throughout the night. Fans are also encouraged to wear lavender apparel to the game.
•During the game, the Wild Foundation will be at Section 104, where fans can check out the jerseys that were worn during warmups, as well as other Hockey Fights Cancer apparel on sale at the Hockey Lodge. Representatives from each of the Hockey Fights Cancer organizations will also be stationed.
•On each of the 30 teams' Hockey Fights Cancer Night, the NHL and the NHLPA gives a $5,000 grant to the team. The Wild will be donating its grant to Flashes of Hope, which, according to its website, is a local "non-profit organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses."
•The game's Bench Buddies, Flag Bearer, Zamboni riders, and Let's Play Hockey family will be donated to pediatric cancer families.
•A decorative stick wrapped in lavender tape and signed by the Wild's captains will be presented to each of the Hockey Fights Cancer charities.
•Caribou Coffee will be serving Amy's Blend at Levy Concession Stands. Ten percent of all sales from that blend benefit Susan G Komen for the Cure.