Hockey Fights Cancer night is Friday in Buffalo

November 06, 2014

BUFFALO — The Buffalo Sabres announced that the team will again take part in the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer program during the team’s home game at 7 p.m. Friday against the Edmonton Oilers.

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.

Fans attending the game will have the opportunity to purchase autographed “RJ” hats for $20 in honor of Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret and his fight against cancer. The hats have been donated by New Era Cap Company 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 cancer care and research.

To commemorate the night, all Sabres players will wear purple jerseys and use sticks with purple tape during warm-ups, and the jerseys and sticks will be auctioned off on immediately following the game to benefit cancer care and research.

There will also be a ceremonial puck drop before the game, so fans are strongly encouraged to be in their seats early.

Wives and girlfriends of the Sabres players and ECMC volunteers will also be stationed at tables throughout the concourse to help fans fill out “I am fighting for ___” placards to be held up at a designated time during the third period. Additional informational tables will be found in the 100 level pavilion, including ECMC’s table where they will be raffling off a pink Gilbert Perreault jersey.

In addition to the events happening in the arena, area Tim Hortons locations will be selling ‘I love the Sabres’ donuts and $20,000 from the sales will go towards the ECMC Lifeline Foundation.

Over the past two years, the Buffalo Sabres’ Hockey Fights Cancer fund has donated $15,000 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 captain Brian Gionta.

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