As part of the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer Program, presented this year throughout the month of November across the League, the Montreal Canadiens are taking part in different initiatives to emphasize the courage of those living with cancer and to raise funds and awareness for a cause that affects almost one out of two citizens in Quebec.
LEUCAN-SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018
On Saturday, November 3, the Canadiens will dedicate their home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning to children members of Leucan, an association that has dedicated itself over the past 35 years to helping cancer-stricken children and their families believe in a brighter future. Many corporate suite holders at the Bell Centre will provide their support to the Canadiens organization for this initiative by hosting more than 50 young members of Leucan and their parents in their suites for the game. The children and their parents will attend a pre-game reception hosted by the players’ spouses and enjoy a post-game meet and greet with a few players along with team mascot Youppi! Gregory Charles and the Habs Band, along with le Choeur de l’Académie Lafontaine, will join young members of Leucan for the on-ice pregame ceremony. As in the years, the coaching staff, team management and members of the organization will be wearing specially designed lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties. During the warm-up period, players will wear lavender-coloured jerseys which will then be auctioned off at http://auctions.nhl.com for the benefit of Leucan.
PROCURE-TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2018
On November 27, Jeff Petry will invite the Canadiens’ players to wear a bow tie. The fifth edition of Procure’s Bowvember campaign aims to raise awareness and provide the community with the means to better prevent and cure prostate cancer. Ambassador for a second year, Petry is one of the 30 ambassadors for 2018. Through various awareness initiatives, Procure answers an urgent need for financial resources for the biomedical research community and offers a full range of services and helpful information to Quebecers affected by prostate cancer. To help Procure carry on its mission: https://dons.procure.ca/en/donate
Throughout the month of November, several players from the Canadiens will participate in the Movember campaign. This initiative raises funds for clinical and biomedical research and promotes men’s health. The Movember Foundation is addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Players invite the public to join their challenge and create their own Movember profile. To join or support their efforts: https://moteam.co/canadiens-de-montreal
About Hockey Fights Cancer
Hockey Fights Cancer unites the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families. The initiative gets an assist from players, coaches, officials, broadcasters, equipment managers, front office staff, corporate partners, and fans. Together, the hockey community looks to inspire hope and courage for those who are living with, going through and moving past cancer. The program was founded in 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association. Since its inception, the Hockey Fights Cancer programs of the National Hockey League Foundation (in the US) and the NHL Foundation (in Canada), along with NHL Clubs, supporters and fans, have donated more than $18 million to support the cancer programs of national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities and local charities.