Blackhawks host “Hockey Fights Cancer Night”
Proceeds from the sales of pink pucks will benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation.
Indianapolis, Indiana (October 18, 2010) — The Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, in conjunction with the National Hockey League’s month-long initiative, will host “Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night” at the United Center on Wednesday, October 20, when the team takes on the Vancouver Canucks.
Alec Kubica, a 17-year-old from Bloomingdale who is battling Neuroblastoma, will perform the ceremonial puck drop prior to the game. Prior to the contest the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Ovarian Cancer Coalition will both receive checks for $5,000 from the NHL Foundation. During the game, the Blackhawks Better Halves will be selling pucks signed by a mystery player with proceeds going to the Vera Bradley Foundation, while cancer patients and survivors will be riding the Zamboni and participating in the second intermission shoot the puck contest. Proceeds from the Blackhawks silent auction and “split the pot” will benefit cancer related organizations. Several organizations will also be located throughout the United Center concourse.
“Hockey Fights Cancer” is a joint charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association. It is supported by 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. The goal of “Hockey Fights Cancer” is to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. To date, “Hockey Fights Cancer” has raised more than $11 million.Editor's Note: Vera Bradley Foundation Development Ambassador Heidi Floyd's son, Noah, who is now five years old, will be riding the Zamboni as well.