Hockey Fights Cancer
The Dallas Stars will hold their annual Hockey Fights Cancer night presented by UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center this Thursday vs. Calgary. The 2013-14 season marks the 15th anniversary of Hockey Fights Cancer, the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association joint charitable initiative dedicated to raising awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. Since its inception in 1998, Hockey Fights Cancer has donated approximately $13 million to cancer organizations throughout North America.
As a part of the league-wide initiative, all members of the Dallas Stars coaching staff will wear Hockey Fights Cancer ties on the bench during the game and Dallas Stars players will have the option to use lavender tape on sticks and equipment. Five non-profit organizations (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Movember, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network and ZERO) will be in attendance with tables on the concourse to provide fans with information and opportunities to donate to cancer research.
Julie Dobbs, FOX Sports Southwest producer and former Dallas Stars employee, will participate in the ceremonial puck drop. Dobbs was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and is currently undergoing treatment. The Stars will also honor Matt McKee on their social media platforms. McKee was an important cog to the Stars’ business operations and a tremendous friend to all in the organization and beyond who passed away early at the age of 32 in 2008.
The Dallas Stars Foundation will be raising money for the five non-profit organizations represented at the game by auctioning off warm-up used lavender taped sticks from Tyler Seguin, Brenden Dillon, Vernon Fiddler, Alex Chiasson, Jordie Benn and Valeri Nichushkin. The sticks will be available for bidding during the first and second period outside of Section 113. Additionally, the wives of Dallas Stars players will also be sporting lavender attire at the doors pre-game collecting donations for cancer organizations.
The Dallas Stars invite all fans to wear lavender to American Airlines Center on Thursday night in support of Hockey Fights Cancer as the team takes on the Calgary Flames at 7:30 p.m.