MINNESOTA — Fighting in the National Hockey League (NHL) is as common as the Minnesota Wild’s leading player scoring a point; it is a tradition that fans love and keeps the game exciting. However, the consequence of fighting can be ugly. This October, the Minnesota Wild are changing the way fans think about fighting in hockey.
Each Oct. the NHL launches Hockey Fights Cancer, and once again the Wild will take part in this campaign. The campaign will feature an online auction where fans can bid on memorabilia from their favorite Wild players and other unique items.
Some of the memorabilia fans can bid on include: an autographed jersey from last year’s leading scorer center, Mikko Koivu, several game-used pucks from the 2010-2011 season, an autographed hockey stick from All-Star Right Wing, Dany Heatley, and the chance to be the flag-bearer on Feb. 28, 2012, when the Wild face off against the Los Angeles Kings.
Additionally, fans can bid on the Terrence Fogarty original oil painting, Starry Night. This one of a kind piece of art was introduced by the Minnesota Wild to help celebrate the NHL All-Star Game that was played at Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 8, 2004.
A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go towards the hematology/oncology program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. The Wild is also teaming up with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota to sell Lids for Kids, which can be purchased at any Hockey Lodge retail location for $15 dollars.
On Oct. 15, the Wild will host PJ’s for Patients. Any fan that donates new, unworn pajamas for children ages newborn to 18 will receive a “Buy One Get One Free” ticket voucher for a 2011-2012 regular season Wild game.
Wild players and staff will visit various hospitals in the month of Oct. as part of Hockey Fights Cancer.
The Good in Sports commends the Minnesota Wild and the NHL for their efforts in fighting cancer and award them a Gold Star! This Oct., let the fighting begin.
- For more information on the Minnesota Wild involvement in Hockey Fights Cancer and community fundraisers, please visit: auction.nhl.com.
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