TSN Supports Hockey Fights Cancer campaign
NHL on TSN
marks the 10th anniversary of the NHL-NHLPA Hockey Fights Cancer campaign
during a special edition of Wednesday Night Hockey tomorrow (Oct. 10) –
Edmonton @ Minnesota –
beginning with the pre-game show at 7:30 p.m. ET.
includes a special feature that tells the stories of active NHL players
afflicted with cancer – including 34-year-old Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward
Jason Blake, who announced yesterday that he has been diagnosed with Chronic
NHL on TSN
host James Duthie also conducts an interview with 20-year-old Boston Bruins’
forward Phil Kessel, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year.
Following a successful return to the Bruins’ lineup, Kessel was
named the 2007 recipient of the NHL’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded
for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Kessel is the
fourth cancer survivor honoured with the Masterton Trophy. The others are
Mario Lemieux (1993), John Cullen (1999) and Saku Koivu (2002).
NHL on TSN broadcast team, including the studio panel, game announcers Chris
Cuthbert and Glenn Healy, and game reporter Ryan Rishaug, will all wear pink
ties in support of Hockey Fights Cancer. The charitable initiative has
raised more than $9 million for national and local organizations involved in
cancer care and research since its inception in 1998.
Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month around the NHL. Throughout the
month, all players will wear a pink Hockey Fights Cancer decal on the back of
their helmets, while each team will host a Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night.