NHL gearing up for Hockey Fights Cancer Moment of Silence on Saturday

The National Hockey League is set to take a league-wide hiatus this weekend for a moment of silence in recognition of Hockey Fights Cancer and those lost to the disease.

Over the past 24 years, Hockey Fights Cancer has raised awareness and over $32 million to support families and cancer patients. Although cancer is a problem that affects millions of people around the world, the disease also directly affects the world of hockey, including the recent deaths of legends Mike Bossy, Dale Hawerchuk and Guy Lafleur.

The disease has also affected current players. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Rodion Amirov is undergoing further treatment after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in February. Washington Capitals prospect Ivan Miroshnichenko was recently declared cancer-free after battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma last summer, and current San Jose Sharks forward Oskar Lindblom won a public fight against Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, during the 2019-20 season.

“It meant a lot to me to see my teammates and the hockey community as a whole offer their support in what has been a difficult time for me and my family,” Lindblom said in an NHLPA press release. “Every year, with the league’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, it reminds me of the battles I’ve been through.

“But it also shows the incredible support and network we have to help others and continue to raise awareness, raise funds to help others in their fight and be able to tell the unique stories of all those who have been affected by this disease. .”

Hockey Fights Cancer is an important opportunity to spread messages, according to Dr. Arif Kamal, patient director for the American Cancer Society. In particular, Dr. Kamal, who has spent more than a decade as an oncologist, researcher and innovative leader at Duke University and the Duke Cancer Institute, hopes hockey fans will heed the call to get back to screening. cancer regular, which has dropped during the pandemic.

“Hockey Fights Cancer is a great example to show to thousands of people at once and is really an important reminder to get back on a screening schedule,” Kamal said. “This is an important time to put on your calendar to talk to your doctor about cancer screening.”

“This is a long-standing and important initiative,” Kamal continued. “We really appreciate the relationship with the NHL. This is the kind of visibility we need to normalize these conversations and make them less medical.

“When you think of cancer screening and cancer prevention as something that’s only for doctors to deliver messages, it just doesn’t work. When you put that message behind things we like to do for fun and entertainment like hockey, it gets the message out to a wider group of people.

The combined partnership and initiatives of the NHL, the NHLPA and the Canadian and American Cancer Societies are an opportunity to give back to families and educate fans. Fans can also win a trip to NHL All-Star Weekend by donating to HockeyFightsCancer.com/NHLAAllStar.

The lineup also includes the Stanley Cup Hope Lodge Tour. Hope Lodges are places that provide free accommodation during treatment so that patients and their families can focus on their recovery while feeling surrounded by emotional and health support.

Throughout November, all 32 NHL teams participated in awareness campaigns and fundraisers, and hosted special nights to recognize hockey against cancer. According to the NHL website, on those nights there will be “lavender scoreboard signs (lavender representing all cancers), and coaches and broadcasters will wear HFC ties. Players celebrating their Hockey Fights Cancer night will wear special Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys and use lavender tape during warm-ups.

Cancer is a disease that has the potential to affect everyone, including hockey players and their families. With this in mind, Hockey Fights Cancer continues to support those affected in the hope of eventually overcoming the disease.

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