November has officially been made Hockey Fights Cancer month by the National Hockey League. Originally running from the last two weeks in October through the first two weeks of November, Hockey Fights Cancer month now runs the entire month of November.
This season will mark the 19th annual Hockey Fights Cancer campaign, with it raising over $18 million since. Something exciting about this year’s campaign is that both the Canadian Cancer Society and American Cancer Society have partnered with the campaign. Not only that, Cigna will continue to donate $1 for every save in their Every Save Counts initiative this season. This will also mark the fifth year that the campaign teams up with “Movember” in honor of men’s health.
As always, the teams in the NHL will dedicate one home game as their official Hockey Fights Cancer awareness night, which will feature local cancer organizations and also have programming to help educate fans. All players will also wear a purple jersey during warm-ups to help bring awareness to the campaign. New this season is Nicholle Anderson, the wife of Craig Anderson. For this year, she will be the spokesperson of the campaign after being diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma, a rare form of cancer that affects the nose and throat.
Some players have already started showing support in a way of their own. Keith Yandle of the Florida Panthers has been playing with a rose gold hockey stick by CCM to bring awareness to breast cancer. Starting on October 4th, Yandle has played with the hockey stick in order to start conversations both on and off the ice. While Yandle doesn’t exactly have an end date of using the rose gold sticks, he did mention that there were only so many made by CCM. Whether or not the used sticks will be auctioned off to raise more money for a cure is still up in the air.