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Hockey Fights Cancer™

Hockey is a way of life for many across the country – unfortunately so too is cancer. Over the years, cancer has impacted the hockey family, as members of its own community have been touched by the disease. The NHL and NHLPA honour those we have lost and continue to celebrate and support survivors through Hockey Fights CancerTM.

Hockey Fights CancerTM gets an assist from players, coaches, officials, front office staff, corporate partners, and fans. Together, the hockey family looks to inspire hope and courage for those who are living with, going through, and moving past cancer.

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Hockey Fights CancerTM was founded by the NHL and the NHLPA in 1998 to unite the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families. The Hockey Fights CancerTM initiative has resulted in donations of more than $20 million to support the fight against cancer at national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities and local charities.

Hockey Fights CancerTM is working with the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Movember Foundation* to support a better quality of life for patients, caregivers and their families.

CCS and ACS share a vision for a world where no one fears cancer. By tackling cancer on many fronts through a broad range of programs and investments, the organizations positively affect lives by funding research, making healthy living easier and providing the most comprehensive information and support services for those with cancer and their families.

Your donation or fundraising in support of the Hockey Fights CancerTM initiative in Canada will enable CCS to direct resources to help support and improve the quality of life of people affected by cancer, their families and caregivers in the following ways:

  • Lodges. CCS operates 7 lodges across Canada that provide cancer patients and caregivers with a welcoming, caring place to stay that supports their emotional and practical needs when travelling far from home for cancer treatment.
  • Support services.  Vital programs, such as toll-free help lines in English and French with cancer information specialists, are designed to provide current, reliable information, and offer the emotional support needed for those affected by cancer, including patients, spouses, caregivers, parents and their children.
  • Transportation. Transportation to and from appointments is a source of stress for many patients – especially if they live far away. CCS provides cancer patients with assistance in getting to their cancer-related care to help relieve this burden.

Just like in hockey, Canadians living with cancer need support from a team. With 1 in 2 Canadians diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, your contribution has never been more important.

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Donate to support the Hockey Fights CancerTM initiative and help CCS fund their programs and services to help those with cancer.

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Sport your fandom. Check out Hockey Fights CancerTM merchandise** and rock your gear at the next game.

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Give the hockey lover in your life the Gift of an Assist which provides physical and emotional support to Canadians living with cancer.

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This year, you can join the Hockey Fights CancerTM program

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Participate with HFC Assist

HFC Assist allows youth and minor hockey teams across the country to support Hockey Fights CancerTM just like their favourite NHL team. Beginning this November, teams can join the NHL, NHLPA, and the CCS to fight cancer and support the hockey family. Teams can earn exclusive rewards by hosting their very own Hockey Fights CancerTM fundraiser. Contact for more information.

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Host an HFC Fundraiser

Together with the NHL and NHLPA, Canadian Cancer Society has created a way for hockey fans to get involved, similar to their favourite NHL teams, in support of Hockey Fights CancerTM. Participating teams will extend the reach of the Hockey Fights CancerTM’s nationwide platform through hosting fundraising events. Learn more

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*Hockey Fights CancerTM funding for Movember is generated only through the Hockey Fights CancerTM Movember Challenge online at

** This link is not an endorsement of products.

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