The Buffalo Sabres announced the team, in partnership with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, will again take part in the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer program during the team’s home game against the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.
As part of an NHL-wide initiative to raise money and awareness for cancer research, the Sabres will host events throughout the night in support of local cancer patients and their charitable organizations. All fans attending the game will receive a Sabres Hockey Fights Cancer scarf.
“We’ve seen the impact that Hockey Fights Cancer night can have on patients and their families, and we’re thrilled to bring back this special night for another year,” said Kevyn Adams, Buffalo Sabres senior vice president of business administration. “Through our partnership with the team at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, we are hoping that this night brings a little joy to those suffering from this disease. We encourage Sabres fans to assist in any way that they can.”
Fans attending the game will have an opportunity to participate in the “Autographed Hat Surprise” sale. For a $20 donation to the Sabres Foundation, fans will receive a Sabres Hockey Fights Cancer autographed hat. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Wives and girlfriends of Sabres players will be on hand to assist with the sale.
“Partnering with the Buffalo Sabres for Hockey Fights Cancer night during their 50th season allows us to reflect on how far we’ve come as an organization and spotlight our community as we rally together for those affected by this devastating disease,” said Candace Johnson, Ph.D., Roswell Park president and CEO. “The awareness and support brought through this partnership brings us one step closer to a world where people no longer have to fear a cancer diagnosis.”
Volunteers from Roswell Park will be on hand selling raffle tickets for chances to win Sabres experiences and autographed items. Tickets will be sold on the 100 level near the LECOM Harborcenter bridge until the second intermission. Furthermore, an online auction featuring unique Sabres autographed merchandise and experiences will be running this week at Sabres.com/Auctions. This auction will start Nov. 16 and close at 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. All proceeds benefit Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.
To commemorate the night, all Sabres players will wear lavender Hockey Fights Cancer-themed jerseys and use sticks with lavender tape during warm-ups. The jerseys will be auctioned off at Sabres.com/Auctions immediately following the game. Sabres goaltenders Carter Hutton and Linus Ullmark will also don Hockey Fights Cancer-themed masks. Sabres coaches and broadcasters will wear commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer ties and there will be a ceremonial puck drop before the game, so fans are strongly encouraged to be in their seats early.
Roswell Park volunteers will also be stationed at tables throughout the concourse to help fans fill out “I fight for” placards, which will be held up at a designated time during the second period. A placard and Hockey Fights Cancer scarf will be placed at each seat.
The Buffalo Sabres Foundation mission statement reads: “To identify and support local organizations which share our core objectives: serving children and military personnel, caring for the sick, assisting physically and mentally challenged athletes, and supporting youth hockey initiatives. By utilizing financial resources and community influence, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation assists these organizations and their beneficiaries in realizing their highest potential and succeeding in their endeavors.”
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is a community united by the drive to eliminate cancer’s grip on humanity by unlocking its secrets through personalized approaches and unleashing the healing power of hope. Founded by Dr. Roswell Park in 1898, it is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in upstate New York. Learn more at www.RoswellPark.org, or contact us at 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or [email protected].
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 U.S.) 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, visit hockeyfightscancer.com.