By Carter Brooks
Image courtesy of the AHL
The Manitoba Moose are set to host their very first Hockey Fights Cancer game this Saturday afternoon (November 24th) against the Iowa Wild.
Bell MTS Place will be decked out in the Hockey Fights Cancer themed lavender colours featured on the jumbotron and the wraparound ticker, amongst other pop ups in the concourse and arena. The rinkside board advertisements will also be shaded in lavender. Hockey Fights Cancer stickers will be visible on the players' helmets, while the option to wear lavender laces and use lavender stick tape will be presented.
Lavender has been the NHL's signature Hockey Fights Cancer colour since its beginnings in late 1998. Now, every NHL team hosts its own Hockey Fights Cancer game within the month of October - which incidentally coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month - as an awareness raiser. Many players within the NHL and AHL also continue to participate in the annual MOvember tradition of growing a moustache in support of men's cancer research and overall men's health.
Saturday's afternoon contest between the Moose and Wild will mark the first Hockey Fights Cancer game for the Manitoba Moose in their existence. The proceeds from Saturday's 50/50 auction will be donated to Camp Quality Manitoba - a not-for-profit Manitoban organization that gives camping experiences to children and families battling cancer free of charge.
Both lavender Manitoba Moose goaltender masks will be put up for auction online from December 5th to 16th. All proceeds from the auction will go to Hockey Fights Cancer initiatives league-wide. Mystery autographed Manitoba Moose hockey packs will also be available for purchase during Saturday's matchup, with all profits also going to Camp Quality.
Fans in attendance will also have the only opportunity of the season for autographs with the full Moose squad in autograph alley. Team posters will also be given away as fans leave their seats following Saturday's game. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. central Saturday afternoon. The Moose also host the Wild Friday evening at 7:00 P.M.