Hockey Fights Cancer
Our annual Hockey Fights Cancer awareness night is held each October as part of a league-wide initiative to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
During the selected gameday, Penguins players wear Hockey Fights Cancer decals on their helmets, dress in purple jerseys during morning skates and pre-game warm-ups, and film public service announcements to air to share the cause. The purple jerseys are then autographed and auctioned to benefit the Mario Lemieux Foundation and UPMC CancerCenter.
In addition, members of the Penguins coaching staff, Penguins Ice Crew and organization wear specially designed Hockey Fights Cancer lavendar apparel to commemorate the initiative.
Young patients from The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Make-A-Wish Foundation are honored as special guests in the Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin Charity Suites during the awareness night, while the Penguins organization donates a suite for adult patients and cancer survivors from the UPMC CancerCenter.