The Chicago Blackhawks will host their “Hockey Fights Cancer Night” during tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues. In support of cancer awareness, the Blackhawks will wear lavender jerseys in pregame warm-ups, and the coaches, staffs and broadcasters of both teams will wear lavender ties. The ties and jerseys will be auctioned off on chicagoblackhawks.com from Nov. 4-18, and the proceeds will be donated to Chicago Blackhawks Charities and local cancer charities.
In addition the Blackhawks have partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to have local Children on the Ice for a special pregame recognition, while other children will ride the zambonis during intermission. “Shoot the Puck” will feature cancer survivors, people with cancer and people helping to find a cure.
There will also be autographed commemorative pucks sold on the concourse. If you cannot attend tonight’s game, select items will sold at Blackhawks stores.
I recently purchased a “Hockey Fights Cancer” hat to show support for my Grandfather. My Grandfather and I shared this most-recent Stanley Cup championship. I purchased my Grandfather the Stanley Cup championship hat and Western Conference championship hat. He wore his hats until the day he passed away from cancer. This most-recent championship was the one we shared. I shared the 2012-13 championship with my Grandma, who also passed away. I saw the Stanley Cup the week she passed away. Sharing the Blackhawks with my grandparents is something that I will hold onto it for the rest of my life.
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Here’s a description of Hockey Fights Cancer, courtesy NHL.com: “Hockey Fights Cancer is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the NHL and NHLPA to raise money and awareness for hockey’s most important fight. Hockey Fights Cancer is supported by NHL players, NHL member clubs, NHL alumni, the NHL Officials’ Association, professional hockey athletic trainers and equipment managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America Hockey Fights Cancer is a component of The Biggest Assist Happens Off the Ice, the NHL and NHLPA’s social responsibility program that builds on hockey’s longstanding tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world. To date, through the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, the NHL’s U.S. 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.”
When Jonathan Toews wears the lavender sweater before the game, I will be thinking of my Grandfather. Please support cancer research any way you can.