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The Boston Bruins celebrated Hockey Is For Everyone Night on Sunday at TD Garden.
The team had on rainbow tape during warmups to celebrate the night.
The Bruins then welcomed a special starting lineup featuring six hockey players representing a variety of diverse communities.
The Calgary Flames celebrated Indigenous culture and tradition at Scotiabank Sattledome on Saturday.
The celebration began with a beautiful rendition of "O' Canada" performed by Dilayna Blackhorse sang entirely in the native language of Blackfoot.
The Flames had a special guest PA announcer, Eldon Weasel Child from the Siksika Nation, and welcomed seven drummers to provide music for the celebration - one representing each nation from the Treaty 7 Territory of Southern Alberta.
During the music, each nation had a selected youth ambassador of each nation carry their flag out on to the ice.
Former Flames forward Rene Bourque, who played four of his 12 NHL seasons in Calgary, was also welcomed to the ice. Bourque has dedicated much of his retirement to creating and supporting charitable initiatives to help break down barriers between Indigenous youth and hockey.
The Vancouver Canucks hosted their fifth annual Autism Acceptance Night on Monday during their game against the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena.
Players wore Canucks Autism Network sweatshirts during their pregame routines to show support for the organization.
The Canucks Autism Network, founded in 2008, is a non-profit that provides programs to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, while promoting acceptance and inclusion through community engagement.
Members of the Canucks Autism Network participated in many of the pregame festivities, including singer Miriah Reitmeier performing “O Canada” and the father and son duo of Shawn and Ethan Saran ringing the Community Hero Siren.
At Canada Life Centre, the Jets hosted their Pride Night, complete with special auction of autgraphed player jerseys to benefit Pride Winnipeg and Rainbow Resource Centre.
The Edmonton Oilers were joined by special guests during Monday’s Indigenous and Native American Heritage Night at Rogers Place.
After a performance from an Indigenous band on the ice, the team recognized seven special guests, all representatives of the Indigenous community.
Desmond Bull, Arthur Noskey, Andrea Sandmaier, Edna Elias, Jessie Morin, Cody Thomas and Willie Littlechild all walked out on the ice during a pregame ceremony before puck drop against the New York Islanders.
Rogers Place was also decked out in fesitve colored lights and designs in celebration of the night.
After the pregame ceremony, The Bearhead Sisters – an Indigenous musical trio – performed a special Indigenous Celebration Night rendition of the Canadian national anthem in the Stoney Nakoda language.
San Jose Sharks
With a burst of color and help from artist Malti B. Lee, the Sharks celebrated Diwali.
In a video interview shared by the team, Lee said she wanted to bring the energy of Indian festivals to her unique design which incorporates the Sharks logo as well as various traditional Diwali themes.
"It's a time when families and communities come together," Lee said. "It's just a really positive time of year and I think the Sharks putting something on for the community is really exciting. It just speaks to the fact that the Sharks are for everyone and everyone is celebrated in their own ways. I think that's really powerful from a sports team.
The team also had a special group of dancers, music from DJ Heer, henna artists and more.
The Coyotes celebrated Hispanic Heritage night with some gorgeous-looking jerseys worn on the way into Mullett Arena on Thursday.
The black jersey featured a colorful and fearsome-looking take on the Coyotes logo, complete with a helmet patterned in the vein of a sugar skull on Dia De Los Muertos.
The Coyotes planned to auction off the special edition jerseys, one for each player which also features stylized nameplate and numbers, on the team foundation's website.
Vegas Golden Knights
The defending Stanley Cup champions celebrated their Hispanic Heritage Night with a pregame party outside T-Mobile Arena that featured the Mariachi Band from Las Vegas Academy.
Fans on the concourse were able to get Dia de los Meuertos-themed face painting done to celebrate the night.
The Anaheim Ducks celebrated Hispanic Heritage Night on Wednesday at the Honda Center.
The players wore special “Patos de Anaheim” shirts walking into the arena before their game against the Arizona Coyotes.
The team put up a mural outside the area at Puck Drop Patio to help celebrate the special night.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher native Patrick Sandoval showed up to celebrate the night.
They are also giving out special T-shirt to fans who make a food purchase that includes guacamole.
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.
Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings celebrated Hispanic Heritage night on Saturday with incredible jerseys inspired by Dia De Los Muertos.
The black jerseys featured gold numbers, skulls on both shoulders and a giant centerpiece logo that was bright and colorful. The traditional crown in the kings logo was replaced by a skull wearing a crown and two hockey sticks adorning each side.
The design was done by Mexican-American artist Daniel Marquez Kuhlken, a lifelong Californian.
"Having the opportunity as a Mexican-American artist to create a piece celbrating Dia de Los Muertos but also getting to celebrate my hom of Los Angeles by making this for the Kings made it even sweeter," Marquez Kuhlken told NHL Espanol in a post shared on social media. "I hopw the art resonates with both the Latino and Latinx community in L.A. and Kings fans alike."
Coyotes players wore specially designed jerseys on their way into Mullett Arena when they hosted Pride Night on Friday.
The jerseys were stunning white with the Coyotes famous Kachina logo inside a rainbow circle. Numbers and nameplates were also done up in rainbow colors in celebration.
The team was set to auction the unique sweaters on the Coyotes Foundation website.
Vegas Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights celebrated Nevada Day with some unique jerseys.
The jerseys featured a beautiful logo in the mold of the Nevada State flag, but displayed the Golden Knights' alternate logo and the phrase "Battle Born" on top.
Nevada Day celebrates the state's admission into the union on Oct. 31, 1864.
Fans were able to bid on each player's jersey, which was not game-worn but was autographed, with the proceeds going to benefit the VGK Foundation.
New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils celebrated Hispanic Heritage Night when they hosted the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.
Here are all the details on the night.
Also on Wednesday, the Devils announced that U.S. Olympic gold medalist hockey player Amanda Pelkey as their female hockey ambassador.
Read here for all the details.
It was Pink at the Rink night at Amerant Bank Arena where the Florida Panthers went full fuscia with the support of The Promise Fund and Baptist Health Cancer Care.
The Panthers teamed up with artist Diana Contreras, who designed a stunning special pink jersey featuring a rendering of a fierce woman with claws wearing a Panther head. The claws held a pink ribbon with the word "fight" written on it. Roses adorned each side and the Panthers alternate logo sat in place of where a necklace would be.
The team shared a video of Contreras talking about her inspiration, a team employee.
The Panthers also switched their social media profile picture to Contreras' design for the night.
Panthers forward Ryan Lomberg , who said his mother survived two bouts with breast cancer, spoke of the importance of the night.
"I think it's important," Lomberg said in a video posted by the team. "We're in the spotlight, so anytime we can raise awareness for causes like this and other causes that help people it's important to us."
The Promise Fund of Florida aims to prevent the unnecessary progression of breast and cervical cancer in women. Baptist Health is the largest cancer treatment center in South Florida including the Miami Cancer Institute and the Lynn Cancer Institute.
New York Rangers
The Rangers held their Hispanic Heritage Night on Thursday against the Nashville Predators. The team invited Bronx Councilmember Rafael Salamanca, Jr. to join the celebration and recieve the Community Captain Award.
The team donated $10,000 to the Latino Youth Outreach, a nonprofit organization that offers workshops for Latino students looking to enroll in higher education. The organization also offers mentoring and educational programs in STEM, as well as scholarships.
Before the game, members of the Puerto Rican Ice Hockey Association (PRIHA) skated on Madison Square Garden ice with former Rangers forward Boo Nieves and then stayed for the game.
New York Islanders
The Islanders hosted Hispanic Heritage Night against the Arizona Coyotes. The team employed the food services of the popular Miguel Flores Restaurant on Long Island, serving up authentic tacos and pupusas.
The team highlighted the Latina Sisters Support Inc., an organization that provides medical and emotional support for those facing breast cancer.
The Islanders also sold special collectible pucks, adorned with a colorful Sugar Skull wearing a team helmet, with the proceeds benefitting the New York Islanders Children's Fund and the team's aim to grow the game in Hispanic communities, something the team spoke of doing in a video clip shared earlier.
San Jose Sharks
The Sharks held their Hispanic Heritage Night, auctioning off Los Tiburones jerseys.
Here are all the details:
The Bruins held Teacher Appreciation Night. During the 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators, the Bruins recognized Doug Scott, Jedediyah Williams, Marissa Ramos and Shannon Sheldon as the 2023 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year semifinalists.
Additionally, Ashley Puopolo, a STEM specialist at Stoneham Central Middle School, was honored as the Community All Star for her commitment to teaching students about the importance of STEM inside and outside the classroom. In November 2022, Puopolo was selected as the Bruins Future Goals Teacher of the Month.