NEWARK, N.J. (November 5, 2015) – Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils, with the help of their generous fans, raised over $60,000 on October 27 at Hockey Fights Cancer Night, part of the NHL’s annual league-wide initiative during Cancer Awareness Month.
The money raised, which is the highest amount the franchise has collected since the initiative started in 1998 and nearly double last season’s total, will be distributed to four New Jersey hospitals – Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Atlantic Health, Holy Name Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – for use in cancer research and cancer care programming.
“We have an obligation to use the power of sports and entertainment to make a difference in our communities and Hockey Fights Cancer is a perfect example of the impact that can be made,” said Hugh Weber, president of Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils. “Each year it’s a privilege to honor and share the incredible stories of our New Jersey neighbors who have personal connections to the disease and help raise significant money for the organizations on the front line of this ongoing battle.”
Fans contributed to the Devils Hockey Fights Cancer campaign throughout the game, starting with purchasing player-signed mystery pucks and Hockey Fights Cancer t-shirts on the concourse. Proceeds from the team’s 50/50 raffle were also contributed to the cause.
Devils fans were also able to bid on lavender warm-up jerseys and sticks used by the players before the game. More than $22,000 was raised through the online auction alone, which included winning bids from seven different states, Australia and Sweden. Winning jersey bids included $2,175 for Adam Henrique, $976 for Eric Gelinas, $925 for Jordin Tootoo and $900 for Cory Schneider. The Devils goaltender also had the top-selling stick, which went for $425.
Fan who missed the game, but would still like to donate money to Hockey Fights Cancer can visit HockeyFightsCancer.com.
About Hockey Fights Cancer
Hockey Fights Cancer is an 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. To date, through the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, the NHL’s US and Canadian charitable foundations and NHL supporters and fans have donated more than $15 million to support national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations. The Hockey Fights Cancer program is also a component of the NHL’s “Biggest Assist Happens Off the Ice” campaign – the League’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world. The Hockey Fights Cancer program 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. For more information about Hockey Fights Cancer, visit HockeyFightsCancer.com.