The Calgary Flames held their annual Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night on Friday, October 28th when they played host to the Ottawa Senators at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Flames supported this league wide initiative with proceeds from both the Calgary Flames Foundation 50-50 raffle sales and Hockey Fights Cancer apparel available in FanAttic stores during October, to Hockey Fights Cancer. Last season, the Calgary Flames Foundation’s 50-50 proceeds directed over $25,000 to the cause.
In support of this campaign, select players had sport lavender-coloured tape on their sticks while all players wore the Hockey Fights Cancer helmet decals.
Additionally, the Flames partnered with the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation for a special pre-game ceremony that recognized five children who were cancer survivors or continue to fight this terrible disease. The Calgary Flames Foundation will also host a child from the Alberta Children’s Hospital at every home game throughout the duration of the initiative (October 23rd – November 18th) that will include lower-bowl tickets and a post-game meet and greet with a player.
Courtesy of the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association, each of the 30 Member Clubs received a $5,000 charitable grant to be donated to a local cancer research organization. The Calgary Flames, through the Calgary Flames Foundation, have directed this grant to the Rotary/Flames House through the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. In addition to walking alongside families in the final days of an end-of-life journey, Rotary/Flames House provides much needed respite care. This temporary round-the-clock care of children, gives families the rest and renewal they need.
Lavender, which represents awareness for all cancers, continues to be the designated color for the initiative and will be worn by the hockey community throughout the campaign.
About Hockey Fights Cancer™
Hockey Fights Cancer™ is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association to raise money and awareness for hockey’s most important fight. The Hockey Fights Cancer initiative is supported by the National Hockey League Foundation, the NHL Foundation, players, NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials’ Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. To date, the Hockey Fights Cancer programs of the National Hockey League Foundation (in the US) and the NHL Foundation (in Canada), along with NHL supporters and fans, have donated more than $16 million to support the cancer programs of national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities and local charities. For more information about Hockey Fights Cancer, please visit hockeyfightscancer.com.
About Calgary Flames Foundation:
When the ownership group brought the Flames to Calgary in 1980 their mandate, which is still prominent today, was to ensure that the Calgary Flames have a positive impact on the quality of life in southern Alberta. Since its inception the Calgary Flames Foundation, has raised millions for education, amateur and grassroots sports and health and wellness, including annual commitments to the Rotary Flames House, Camp Kindle and the Ronald McDonald House. Every season, the Calgary Flames Foundation raises over $4 million in support of these three key areas.