NHL, NHLPA announce programming to support Hockey Fights Cancer

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NEW YORK/TORONTO — The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) continue their 22nd annual Hockey Fights Cancer™ (HFC) campaign with awareness and fundraising programming today to support those impacted by cancer, as cancer has no off-season.

Soul on Ice Podcast with Eddie Olczyk

NHL broadcaster and former player Eddie Olczyk, who was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2017, joins the latest episode of Soul on Ice — an NHL Podcast co-hosted by Kwame Damon Mason, Akil Thomas and Elijah Roberts that blends elements of culture and hockey, providing commentary and perspectives on the state of the game. He is joined by his oncologist, Dr. Mary F. Mulcahy, to discuss Olczyk’s journey from diagnosis to cancer free, as well as the importance of routine screenings, knowing your family’s medical history and providing those affected by cancer with the support they need. 

“Hopefully at some point in our lifetime, instead of Hockey Fights Cancer it’s Hockey Beats Cancer and I sure hope I’m around when that takes place…I’ll be the first one in line when we’re celebrating that.” – Eddie Olczyk

NHL Podcasts are available on Castbox, Deezer, Google Podcasts, iheartradio, iTunes, RadioPublic, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn Radio.  

Lavender Lighting Ceremonies

Toronto’s CN Tower will showcase lavender lighting today in support of the Canadian Cancer Society’s partnership with Hockey Fights Cancer. Another illumination will take place next week, on Saturday, Nov. 28, as Vancouver’s BC Place will feature lavender lights from sunset to 11:00 p.m. PT and heart animations at the top of each hour.

Leaguewide Social Moment

The League and its Clubs will unite alongside the NHLPA beginning at 12 p.m. ET today on both Twitter and Instagram, to commemorate the first annual ‘Face of the Fight’, a virtual moment to honor all those who have been impacted by cancer. Each club will participate on their independent social media channels and fans can follow this initiative through @NHL or get involved by using the official hashtag #HockeyFightsCancer.

NHL.com and NHLPA.com continue to profile people in the game who have been impacted by cancer. Learn the legacy that Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk has left behind and the impact he had on other players. Watch Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom‘s inspirational return from Ewing’s sarcoma. The impactful stories of Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore and Axl Quincey, son of former NHL defenseman Kyle Quincey, alongside many others, will be shared in the coming weeks

Tune in to NHL Tonight

NHL Network is continuing to feature Hockey Fights Cancer stories on its flagship studio program NHL Tonight throughout November, including today at 6:00 p.m. ET with former NHL veteran Dominic Moore. Moore will highlight his Katie Moore Foundation and Smashfest, a charity ping-pong challenge which focuses on fundraising for research on rare cancers. 

Kim Parent, the daughter of Hockey Hall of Famer Bernie Parent, recently joined NHL Network to discuss creating the “Oskar Strong” shirt for Oskar Lindblom, which has raised over $200,000 for Hockey Fights Cancer. Eric Hawerchuk, the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk, also joined NHL Network last week to discuss his father’s legacy and battle with stomach cancer which ended this past August.

Make your bid at NHL Auctions

NHL Auctions™ has received donations from the NHLPA, NHL Alumni and Fanatics Authentic which will be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting Hockey Fights Cancer. Auctions are live until November 30; visit auctions.nhl.com/HFC.

Fans can download an “I Fight For” card and donate to the NHL and NHLPA’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative by visiting HockeyFightsCancer.com. HFC Merchandise is available at NHLShop.com.

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