The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will again take part in the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer program during the team's home game, presented by ECMC, on Monday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., against the Dallas Stars. As part of an NHL-wide initiative to raise money and awareness for cancer research, the Sabres will be hosting events throughout the night with the help of local cancer patients and their charitable organizations.
To commemorate the night, all Sabres coaches and broadcasters will be wearing specially designed Hockey Fights Cancer ties and pins during the game, and Sabres mascot Sabretooth will wear a special pink Buffalo Sabres jersey. Sabres players will also be wearing Hockey Fights Cancer stickers on their helmets and lavender tape on their sticks during the game. Some of the lavender-taped sticks will be auctioned off at the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Wine Festival on Nov. 21, with proceeds from the auction benefiting the Janis Foligno Foundation. Additionally, the Sabres Store will be selling special Hockey Fights Cancer merchandise throughout the evening.
Fans attending the game will have the opportunity to purchase Sabres "Pink Ribbon" hats autographed by a random Sabres player for $20. The hats have been donated by New Era Cap Co., and will be sold before the game and until they are sold out. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the ECMC Mammography Bus, which will be parked outside the arena in Alumni Plaza prior to the game. Wives and girlfriends of the Sabres players will also be stationed throughout the arena accepting donations for breast cancer care in Western New York.
Over the past two years, the Buffalo Sabres' Hockey Fights Cancer fund has donated $10,000 to Flashes of Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for children's cancer while honoring the unique life and memories of every child fighting cancer. Several Sabres players went to Roswell Park Cancer Institute this past summer to visit with patients that benefit from Flashes of Hope.
Members of Camp Good Days will join other cancer patients from Carly's Club, ECMC, Roswell Park and WNY Hospice Essential Care throughout the game in suites donated by the Sabres organization and players. The kids will get to watch the team take the ice from the tunnel at intermissions and will meet the players after the game. Jason Nipcon, a pediatric cancer survivor, will be dropping the ceremonial puck at the start of the game.
Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint initiative founded in December 1998 by the NHL and the NHL Players' Association to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. 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 support it. To date, more than $11 million has been raised to support national and local cancer research institutions, Children's Hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations.