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Kings to Host Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night Friday at STAPLES Center Friday

KINGS AND COLORADO AVALANCHE ENCOURAGE FANS TO PARTICIPATE IN FIRST-EVER NHL TWITTER HASHTAG BATTLE TO BENEFIT LOCAL CANCER ORGANIZATIONS

Thursday, 10.14.2010 / 6:36 PM / Los Angeles Kings | News
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Kings to Host Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night Friday at STAPLES Center Friday
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings will host Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night Friday (tomorrow) when the club hosts the Vancouver Canucks at STAPLES Center at 7:30 p.m. October is the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness month.

As part of the evening, Kings and Canucks players will be wearing special player helmet decals; coaches, broadcasters and Kings staff will be wearing special ties; and players will be wearing special Reebok caps (during post-game/pre-game interviews as well as the back-up goalies on the bench). These commemorative items are available to purchase at shop.nhl.com. A portion of the proceeds from all items will benefit Hockey Fights Cancer.

There will also be a number of team initiatives throughout the evening in support of Hockey Fights Cancer (listed below):

  • The Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Maxmobile, as well as the LA Kings BloodMobile, will be on hand starting at 3:30 p.m. outside STAPLES Center. Each fan who donates blood will be entered to win a 2010-11 Kings team-sized jersey.
  • To raise awareness for the cause, each Kings player will use sticks wrapped with pink tape during warm-ups.
  • The Kings Care Foundation will be selling mini hockey glove key chains for the remainder of the season for a $10 donation to Hockey Fights Cancer. The Foundation will also be auctioning off several of the used warm-up sticks, as well a game-worn helmet by the player of the highest bidder’s choice (with delivery of the helmet by that player).
  • City of Hope will be conducting a special Bone Marrow Drive. Individuals between the ages of 18 and 60, in good physical health and with a good medical history are asked to participate. The procedure takes about 15 minutes and involves four swabs to the cheek. Every fan who participates will receive two free tickets to an upcoming Kings game.
In addition, the Kings have partnered with several other organizations as part of Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Movember, a moustache growing charity that raises funds and awareness for men's health, and Koru Cares, a Charitable Trust that makes dreams come true for children with different illnesses and/or disabilities by taking them on a trip they will never forget.

Another highlight of Hockey Fights Cancer Month will be the first-ever NHL Twitter Hashtag Battle between the Kings and Colorado Avalanche. When the two clubs meet Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, fans will be encouraged to log onto their club’s corresponding Twitter Page and tweet information with the hashtag “#GoKings” or “#GoAvs.” For every tweet with those hashtags, $1 will be donated to that team’s cancer-related charity of choice. The contest will begin at the opening puck drop (6 p.m. PT) and conclude at the game’s final buzzer. The Kings will donate to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the Avalanche and Kroenke Sports Charities will donate to local cancer organizations involved with our Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.

ABOUT HASHTAGS: A hashtag is used to categorize posts on Twitter according to topics. To add a hashtag to a tweet, you just preface your post (tweet) with the hash symbol (#). That will allow people who follow that topic to find your tweet and perhaps follow you as well. An example of a hashtag would be tweet that reads “#GoKings Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night Friday” or “#GoKings Excited for the game vs. Vancouver tomorrow”

For all Kings ticket information, call 1-888-KINGS-LA (1-888-547647.52) and visit LAKings.com.

The Kings (2-1-0) continue their three-game homestand at STAPLES Center Friday (tomorrow) vs. Vancouver at 7:30 p.m. The homestand will conclude Wednesday, Oct. 20 vs. Carolina, also at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on FS West, KTLK 1150 AM and along the Kings radio network.


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