Welcome to the Hockey Fights Cancer Daily Digest. Though Hockey Fights Cancer is now a year-round campaign, most teams will be having their Hockey Fights Cancer nights during the month of November. NHL.com will provide all the highlights from each night as well as stories about the campaign, which turns 25 this year.
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Here is the full schedule of team Hockey Fights Cancer Nights.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated their Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Thursday.
Lightning players arrived at Amalie Arena accompanied by pediatric cancer patients to kick the night off.
A moment of silence was held before the game to honor those who have lost their battle with cancer and are still fighting the disease.
Mason Fox, a 10-year-old cancer survivor, was the Lightning’s “Thunder Kid” and performed the ceremonial puck drop before the game. Mason was joined by his family and his youth hockey team during the ceremony.
During their morning skate, Lightning players filled out their Hockey Fights Cancer cards. They held up the cards during the national anthem.
Detroit Red Wings
Hockeytown hosted Hockey Fights Cancer Night and welcomed a special guest, 12-year-old Van Burpee, who not only got to drop the puck at center ice, but was able to ring the bell signifying the completion of treatment. An exciting day all around.
Earlier in the day, players and Red Wings staff shared a video with their own special "I Fight For" signs, a tribute to friends and loved ones who fought or are still fighting cancer.
The Philadelphia Flyers welcomed nine-year-old Owen Micciche to Wells Fargo Center to celebrate Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Tuesday.
Micciche has been battling cancer since he was six months old. He is currently the captain for his team with the Genesis Hockey Club and joined the Flyers in their pregame festivities.
He had his own locker in the clubhouse with a custom jersey and, after reading out the starting lineup to the team, took his own rookie lap with Flyers forward Owen Tippett before warmups.
He spent the entire first period on the Flyers' bench with the players and coach John Tortorella and got a nice cheer from the Wells Fargo Center crowd.
Micciche was added to the Flyers’ game night roster on Monday ahead of the special day.
Flyers players had custom Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys on during walk-ins before Monday’s game and had purple tape on their sticks during warmups.
The Winnipeg Jets invited five young Manitobans to join the team for Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Tuesday.
The five young fans all battled cancer and were honored on the ice for the ceremonial puck drop.
The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club then presented a check to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation for $125,000.
Before the game, the Jets players filled out their Hockey Fights Cancer cards to share who they are fighting for.
The Edmonton Oilers hosted their Hockey Fights Cancer during their game against the Vegas Golden Knights.
A six-year-old cancer survivor named Teddy performed the ceremonial puck drop before the game.
The family of Ben Stelter were also in attendance. The proceeds of the Oilers Mega 50/50, which had over a $2 million jackpot, supported to the Ben Stelter Foundation, Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Movember Canada charity.
The Vancouver Canucks also celebrated their Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Tuesday.
Canucks players made a special video saying who they fight for while holding up the Hockey Fights Cancer cards.
Before the Canucks game against the Anaheim Ducks, a cancer patient performed the ceremonial puck drop with her family.
New York Rangers
The New York Rangers celebrated Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Monday at Madison Square Garden.
Vanessa Cunha kicked off the evening with a performance of the national anthem. Cunha is a cancer survivor and a member of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with MSG Entertainment and MSG Sports to bring life-changing opportunities to young people in need.
During the first period, Rocco Pisani – a 14-year-old cancer survivor – rang the bell to signify being cancer free. Pisani went through his final chemo treatment in August. During his treatment, Rangers defenseman Adam Fox kept in touch with the young fan to show his support.
Later on, Tom Kerensky was also honored. As of Monday, Kerensky is cancer free. After the great news was announced at the arena, former Rangers forward Adam Graves presented Kerensky with a custom Rangers jersey.
At Canadian Tire Centre, the Senators had some special guests on hand, namely 8-year-old Parker McDonald.
An avid Senators fan who will celebrate his bell-ringing ceremony signifying the completion of his treatment this spring, McDonald dropped the ceremonial first puck between Senators captain Brady Tkachuk and Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov.
The Senators foundation is hosting a number of fundraising efforts for Hockey Fights Cancer through its website.
The Calgary Flames were joined by members of Kids Cancer Care for Monday’s celebration of Hockey Fights Cancer Night.
Kids Cancer Care is a charity based in Alberta that’s mission is to help children affected by cancer as well as their families.
The eight kids welcomed the team onto the ice before the game.
The children were then introduced as the honorary starting lineup before puck drop.
Oilers Support Stelter Foundation
EDMONTON -- The legacy of Edmonton Oilers superfan Ben Stelter lives on through the fund bearing his name.
Stelter died at the age of six in August 2022 after a long battle with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. The Ben Stelter Foundation was formed by the family with support from Oilers captain Connor McDavid.
“For me, the main thing is that it helps other families that are in a similar situation,” McDavid said. “But it also keeps his name and legacy going, which I think everybody in Edmonton is hoping for and it seems like it’s done that and doing well and it’s doing everything that we hoped.”
Stelter was introduced to the Oilers when he was named the Scotiabank Skater and joined the team on the ice for the national anthems on March 24, 2022, in a game against the Sam Jose Sharks. He became an inspiration to the team and the community through the rest of the season and into the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Oilers made it to the Western Conference Final before they were swept by the Colorado Avalanche in the best-of-7 series.
“It was just his personality, he was so genuine, he had nothing but love and joy to give,” McDavid said. “He was obviously going through the worst thing you could possibly go through and the entire family as well. For me to just to bring that spirt and that kind of mood even going through something like that, it’s a great lesson for all of us.”
Unfortunately for the Stelter family, Ben’s father Mike was diagnosed with cancer in July. He recently completed treatment in Pennsylvania for a tumor growing in his back.
“It’s hard not to feel for them,” McDavid said. “It’s hard to think they went through it with Ben and now to be going through it again with Mike, it just seems so unfair. I think that’s part of the disease, it’s unfair and that’s why it’s important to be there for families who are going through times like these.”
- Derek Van Diest, NHL.com Staff Writer
The Florida Panthers brought in MLB star Anthony Rizzo to bang the drum and kick off the team’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Monday.
The Florida native, who is a cancer survivor, wore a Panthers Hockey Fights Cancer jersey while leading the “Let’s go Panthers!” chant at Amerant Bank Arena.
The Dallas Stars celebrated their Hockey Fights Cancer Night during their game against the New York Rangers on Monday.
Stars players sported custom T-shirts and hats designed by a 15-year-old cancer survivor named Jayden.
Jayden hung out with the Stars at American Airlines Center before the game.
He read out the starting lineup and fist-bumped the players as they headed out onto the ice.
Earlier in the day, the Stars filled out their Hockey Fights Cancer cards.
The Capitals had a special starting lineup for their Hockey Fights Cancer game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Six children battling cancer or in remission affiliated with Horizon Day Camp, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic lined up in front of Washington’s six players as honorary starters before the national anthem.
Danielle Hankey, a 20-year-old from Frederick, Maryland who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in 2019 and 2020 but is now cancer free, lined up with goalie Charlie Lindgren. Declan Henry, a 5-year-old from Alexandria, Virginia who was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma in 2021 and is undergoing treatment, stood with defenseman Rasmus Sandin. Ailani Myers, a 7-year-old from Severna Park, Maryland who is in remission from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was paired with defenseman John Carlson.
Jack Prior, a 6-year-old who diagnosed with cancer in October 2020, was matched with forward Anthony Mantha. Harper Wotring, a 5-year-old from Oakland, Maryland who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2020, accompanied forward T.J. Oshie. And Lucas Soto, a 17-year-old from Alexandria who is in remission after being diagnosed with T-Cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2021, stood with forward Connor McMichael.
--Tom Gulitti, Staff Writer
The Nashville Predators celebrated Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.
The team rocked their Hockey Fights Cancer sweaters for walk-ins, which were auctioned off to benefit the Preds Foundation.
Before the game, the Predators reflected on what the special day means to each of them.
The team also helped reunite a blood donor and the recipient during the game thanks to Gift of Life, an organization with the goal of curing blood cancer.
The Anaheim Ducks hosted their Hockey Fights Cancer night on Friday.
On Friday morning, the team honored a few of their members who are battling the disease: Mike Stothers (assistant coach), Sudarshan Maharaj (goalie coach), Glen Cochrane (scout) and Will Francis (2019 Ducks draft pick).
After gathering the team in the locker room, head coach Greg Cronin gave Stothers, an assistant coach with the Ducks, a chance to speak to the team and gave him a special Hockey Fights Cancer jersey.
“That’s quite a surprise fellas,” Stothers said to the team. “I really appreciate the fact that you guys let me hang around, contribute, be a part of it. … Some days are better than others, but you guys help. Just being around you guys.”
During walk-ins, players wore their custom Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys.
On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Penguins continued their tradition of inviting a fan to ring the cancer survivor's bell to kick off their Hockey Fights Cancer Night celebration.
This year, 13-year-old Carmine Sargo, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in March 2023 and declared cancer free in July after completing his treatment, had the honors. Carmine was so excited ringing the bell, he broke it.
Penguins players sported purple ties in honor of the night as they entered PPG Paints Arena.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrated their Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes.
Forward Adam Fantilli arrived at Nationwide Arena sporting custom lavender Nike sneakers in honor of his grandmother who is currently battling cancer. The sneakers were put up for auction with all the proceeds going to pediatric cancer research.
Before the game, the Blue Jackets invited local pediatric cancer patients to join them on the ice.
San Jose Sharks
The Sharks had a special guest, young leukemia survivor Quinn, drop the puck before their game against the St. Louis Blues.
The Carolina Hurricanes celebrated their Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Flyers.
During the Hurricanes morning skate, the team invited a young cancer patient named Coley to shoot some pucks and hang out with them in the locker room.
During warmups, the Hurricanes wrapped their sticks in purple tape in support of the cause.
Shane Jacobson, the CEO of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, rang the siren between periods to hype up the PNC Arena crowd.
To celebrate Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Sunday, the Montreal Canadiens invited a special crew to attend the game at Bell Centre.
Members of Leucan, an organization that supports cancer-stricken children and their families, joined the team on the ice during the national anthem.
Leucan member Émile Guérin had the honor of announcing the starting lineup to the team in the locker room.
After the game, the team met with the kids in attendance, taking photos and signing autographs.
The Minnesota Wild celebrated their Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Sunday against the Dallas Stars.
During warmups, the Wild wore special Hockey Fights Cancer hats.
Before the game, Wild players had a chance to show who they are fighting for.
The Wild Foundation is hosting its 2023 Hockey Fights Cancer Jersey Auction that runs from Nov. 12-21. The organization is auctioning off signed Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys. A portion of the profits will benefit the Pinky Swear Foundation and the Wild Foundation. Click here for more information on the auction.
KeyBank Center was the site of Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Friday, when the Sabres hosted their purple carpet event for cancer patients, survivors and health care professionals on the front lines.
The Sabres announced a $60,000 donation to Roswell Park Medical Center for research and patient care.
The Sabres had a young fan battling a rare form of liver cancer, 12-year-old Sophia LaBorde, drop the puck before the game.
During the game, fans were encouraged to display their signs that read either "Survivor" or "I Fight For" with the names of loved ones written on them in tribute.
At Ball Arena, the Avalanche honored their "warriors" on Hockey Fights Cancer Night.
The team also immortalized their late, beloved announcer, Peter McNab, by naming the team's broadcast booth after him.
McNab called Avalanche games from the team's inaugural season, through chemotherapy treatments until he died in November of 2022.
Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky unveiled his special Hockey Fights Cancer goalie mask on Wednesday. The goaltender rocked the mask during morning skate.
The mask was designed by David Gunnarsson.
The Panthers will celebrate their Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Nov. 20 against the Edmonton Oilers.
The San Jose Sharks welcomed a young fan to morning skate on Wednesday. Eight-year-old Quinn is a leukemia survivor and will be joining the team for its Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Nov. 16 against the St. Louis Blues.
Also on Wednesday, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Kirill Marchenko surprised childhood cancer patients with game used, signed hockey sticks.
The Blue Jackets celebrate its Hockey Fights Cancer night on Nov. 16 against the Arizona Coyotes.
The Buffalo Sabres revealed their Hockey Fights Cancer scarf on Wednesday.
The Sabres Hockey Fights Cancer Night is on Friday against the Minnesota Wild.
The New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs both celebrated Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Saturday.
The Islanders had four special guests help with the ceremonial puck drop before the game, celebrating the special night.
Hannah Barbu, Jason Orozco Hernandez, Erick Rosales and Alex Avila dropped the puck during the ceremony. All four went through cancer treatments and either are in remission on won their battles.
And the honorary flag captain for the game was cancer survivor Jennifer Cherlin.
UBS Arena lit its lanterns purple for the night to support the cause.
Before the game, the Islanders gave away Hockey Fights Cancer beanie hats to the first 10,000 fans at the game.
The Maples Leafs had players fill out Hockey Fights Cancer cards to share who or what they are fighting for.
The team is also hosting an auction to benefit Campfire Circle, a non-profit organization that helps kids and families affected by childhood cancer.
The Boston Bruins kicked off Hockey Fights Cancer month early with a celebration at TD Garden on Monday.
The Bruins filled out their “I Fight For” cards and showed up to the arena wearing the signature purple jerseys.
The Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys were raffled off by the Bruins Foundation.
Tickets to the game were donated to Boston area cancer patients.
During warmups, Charlie Coyle brought a fan to tears after tossing her a puck. The fan had a sign that read "I fought for my mom, world's biggest B's fan."