Since 1998, Hockey Fights Cancer, a joint initiative of the NHL and NHL Players' Association, has been uniting the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families. The IceHogs hosted their second annual event on Nov. 29. The IceHogs honored and recognized those whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
- The IceHogs wore limited-edition lavender Hockey Fights Cancer themed jerseys for the contest, and the specialty sweaters were auctioned off throughout the game, with proceeds benefitting SwedishAmerican Foundation.
- Fans had a chance to bid on several different Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys.
- Fans in attendance could have also bid via blind-silent auction in the concourse in front of the jersey wall behind section 123. Jerseys were also avliable on DASH and eBay for auction following the game.
- The IceHogs raised over $21,000 during their 2018 jersey auction and $19,000 during their 2019 jersey auction.
Stick it to Cancer
IceHogs player's played for fans’ loved ones on Hockey Fights Cancer Night. IceHogs players wrote the name of a fan’s loved one on his stick for Hockey Fights Cancer and play “in honor of” that fan’s loved one during Friday’s game.
There was be several additional opportunities for fans to help raise cancer awareness or contribute funds throughout the game:
- IceHogs defenseman Ian McCoshen had offered to match fans’ donations up to $1,500 in the fight against men’s cancer for Movember/Brovember. Fans donated money on GoFund Me and at the FanZone booth; the proceeds were combined with McCoshen’s funds to benefit the local nonprofit, Brovember Inc. He was able to help raise $3,000.
- Limited Edition- LOVE YOUR MELON BEANIE- In support of the 2019 Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, the IceHogs are teamed up with Love Your Melon in an effort to battle pediatric cancer. Beanies were available at Oink Outfitters store throughout the game. Fifty percent of proceeds of all Love Your Melon products were given to Love Your Melon's nonprofit partners.
- " I Fight For” signs were available in the Fan Zone to honor family, friends and loved ones who have been affected the disease. All Fans were encourage to stand up during the second period and hold their signs. There was videos throughout the game of featuring IceHogs players holding their signs up for who they are fighting for.
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