Founded in 1998 by the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association, Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) unites the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families. November is the Hockey Fights Cancer month across the NHL. Each of the 31 NHL Clubs celebrate their own Hockey Fights Cancer Night. For the Winnipeg Jets, it was hosted on November 29th, 2018 game at MTS Centre in Winnipeg against the Chicago Blackhawks.
PMH/BRHC Volunteer Services communicated with True North Sports and Entertainment (TNSE) to seek participation for Grizzly and Mark Saler. Jets fans met Grizzly on the concourse at the Prairie Mountain Health booth before the game, where hockey fans could get a photo with Grizzly!! Grizzly was not fazed by all the attention. Grizzly’s main job was to offer a little pet therapy to the 4 Ambassadors who were selected to drop the puck. Grizzly was a big hit and won the hearts of everyone he met!!
The NHL Winnipeg Jets partners with Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation where proceeds for the evening were directed to pediatric clinical trials. The Jets supported 150 free game tickets to cancer patients under treatment.
Mark and Grizzly have been active volunteers for Prairie Mountain Health for 3 years, contributing time weekly to inpatient and outpatient programs at Brandon, Neepawa and Minnedosa Hospitals. Western Manitoba Cancer Centre and the Pediatric Unit are priority stops for Grizzly and Mark!!!
Check out this video from the puck drop that shares some info about the ambassadors.
The top left picture - Heather (Mom to Lily), Ambassador -Lily, Liam (brother to Nathanial), Annita Stenning- Pres/CEO CCMB Foundation, Ambassador-Nathanial, Ambassador -Heidi, Kory Harnum-Community Relations Manager True North Sports and Entertainment and Grizzly.
Top right is at the PMH Booth on the MTS Centre concourse where we met jets fans. Mark Saler, Grizzly and Brooklyn van reede (jets fan).
Bottom left Grizzly with Mark and Ambassadors.
Bottom Right: Heather (Mom to Lily), Ambassador -Lily, Liam (brother to Nathanial), Annita Stenning- Pres/CEO CCMB Foundation, Ambassador-Nathanial, Ambassador -Heidi, Kory Harnum-Community Relations Manager True North Sports and Entertainment. Ambassador Cais and his Dad Rus, Kevin Cheveldaoff, GM Winnipeg Jets, Blake Wheeler Captain Winnipeg Jets and Jonathon Toews Captain Chicago Blackhawks.
Hockey Fights Cancer Ambassadors with Grizzly before the puck drop.
Grizzly sharing some love with the Hockey Fights Cancer Ambassadors!!
Barb Ross, PMH/BRHC Volunteer Services Manager; Grizzly Saler, Certified Therapy Dog / Registered PMH Volunteer; Mark Saler, Registered PMH Volunteer; Kory Harnum, Manager, Community Relations, True North Sports and Entertainment
Grizzly introducing himself to Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.
Ambassadors drop puck @ Hockey Fights Cancer NHL Winnipeg Jets vs Chicago Blackhawks November 29th, 2018.
Grizzly resting after offering therapy to the Ambassadors and their families before the puck drop Hockey Fights Cancer ceremony.