The Buffalo Sabres will take part in the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer program for their home game at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, against the Columbus Blue Jackets. 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 pediatric cancer patients and their charitable organizations.
To commemorate the night, all Sabres coaches and broadcasters will be wearing specially designed Hockey Fights Cancer ties and pins during the game, and Sabres mascot Sabretooth will wear a special pink Buffalo Sabres jersey. Sabres players will also be wearing Hockey Fights Cancer stickers on their helmets during the game. Additionally, the Sabres Store will be selling Hockey Fights Cancer merchandise throughout the evening.
Fans attending the game will have the opportunity to purchase Sabres “Pink Ribbon” hats autographed by a random Sabres player for $20. The hats have been donated by New Era Cap Company and will be sold by the Sabres’ significant others. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Prior the game, the Hockey Fights Cancer Fund will be giving a $5,000 check to Camp Good Days, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and through summer camping experiences and year-round events. Sabres center Paul Gaustad will help present the check to Lisa Donato, director of Camp Good Days.
Members of Camp Good Days will join other pediatric cancer patients from Carly’s Club and WNY Hospice Essential Care throughout the game in suites donated by Sabres players. The kids will get to watch the team take the ice from the tunnel at intermissions and will meet the players after the game. Jack Langdon, a 13-year-old who is currently being treated for Ewing ’s Sarcoma at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, will be dropping the ceremonial puck at the start of the game.
DKMS America, a German-based bone marrow donor program, will also be at the game distributing information about bone marrow transplants. Fans can get swabbed to see if they are a match with a cancer patient and be added to the national registry of donors.
Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association to raise money and awareness for hockey’s most important fight. It is supported by NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials’ Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. To date, more than $11 million has been raised to support national and local cancer research institutions, Children’s Hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations.