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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. Through Hockey Fights CancerTM, the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) honour those who are no longer with us and help those living with, going through and moving past cancer.

Hockey Fights CancerTM unites the hockey community and gets an assist from players, coaches, officials, front office staff, corporate partners, fans and supporters to helps people with cancer and their families. Together with the hockey family, we are a force-for-life in the face of cancer.

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Hockey Fights CancerTM was founded by the NHL and NHLPA in 1998 to unite the hockey community in support of people with cancer and their families. The Hockey Fights CancerTM initiative has resulted in donations of more than $25 million to support 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. 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 people with cancer with a welcoming, caring place to stay that supports their emotional and practical needs when travelling far from home for cancer treatment.
  • Support system. CCS offers free and confidential support and information by phone, in-person or online. Vital programs, such as the coast-to-coast cancer information helpline, are designed to address a range of needs including understanding a diagnosis, treatment options, survivorship and living with metastatic cancer. It also offers emotional support for those going through cancer, spouses, caregivers, parents and their children.
  • Transportation. Transportation to and from appointments can be a source of stress for many people with cancer - especially if they live far away. In communities across the country, CCS and its volunteers help cancer patients get to their cancer treatment and appointments.

Just like in hockey, Canadians living with cancer need support from a team. Funds raised through Hockey Fights CancerTM provide a support system for people with cancer and their families so no one faces cancer alone. With nearly 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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Jerseys with Hockey Fights Cancer branding

Sport your fandom. You can buy Hockey Fights CancerTM merchandise** and rock your gear at the next game.

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Give a meaningful gift that makes a real impact. 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

Participate with HFC Assist

HFC Assist allows youth and minor league 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 CCS in supporting a world where no one fears cancer. Teams can earn exclusive rewards by hosting their very own Hockey Fights CancerTM fundraiser. Get started today, contact for more information.

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Host an HFC Fundraiser

Together with the NHL and NHLPA, CCS has created a way for hockey fans to get involved with Hockey Fights CancerTM and make a difference - just like their favourite NHL teams. Rally the hockey fans in your life together to help extend the reach of Hockey Fights CancerTM by hosting fundraising events in your community. 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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