Hockey Fights Cancer™ was founded in 1998 by the National Hockey League® and the National Hockey League Players' Association. Since its inception, the Hockey Fights Cancer programs of the National Hockey League Foundation (in the US) and the NHL Foundation (in Canada), along with NHL® Clubs, supporters, and fans, have donated more than $18 million to support the cancer programs of national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities, and local charities. 

This NHL season, working with nonprofit partners at the American Cancer Society, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Movember Foundation, the Hockey Fights Cancer™ initiative will support a better quality of life for patients, caregivers, and their families.*

The American Cancer Society and the Canadian Cancer Society share a vision for a world without cancer. Funds raised in partnership with Hockey Fights Cancer™ may enable these organizations to direct resources to support people affected by cancer, their families, and caregivers in the following ways:

  • Support services: Vital programs, such as 24/7 help lines with cancer information specialists, are designed to improve the quality of life and the emotional support needed for those affected by cancer, including patients, spouses, caregivers, parents, and their children.
  • Lodging programs: Located across the US and Canada, lodging facilities provide cancer patients and caregivers with a welcoming, caring place to stay that supports their emotional and practical needs when traveling away from home for necessary treatment.
  • Transportation: Transportation to and from appointments is a source of stress for many patients. The organizations provide cancer patients with access to transportation to treatment-related appointments, to help relieve this burden.

Get Involved

Sister and Brother holding "I fight for" signs. Brother sign reads "I fight for my life" and the sister sign reads "I fight for my brother"

Donate to Hockey Fights Cancer™ and help the American Cancer Society and the Canadian Cancer Society fund their programs and services to help those with cancer.

3 pieces of Hockey Fights Cancer shirts, a hat and a tie

Sport your fandom. Check out Hockey Fights Cancer™ merchandise and rock your gear at the next game.


Hockey player taking a photo with a child who is battling cancer

Hold a fundraiser! Money raised goes directly to the American Cancer Society or Canadian Cancer Society.


Little boy at hockey rink, smiling at camera, holding hockey stick

Engage your community hockey team and players to create personalized charity challenges, with money going to support the American Cancer Society.

*Hockey Fights Cancer™ funding for American Cancer Society and Canadian Cancer Society is generated through online donations to the National Hockey League Foundation and to the NHL Foundation at Hockey Fights Cancer funding is also generated through generous donations from NHL corporate partners. Donations made to the National Hockey League Foundation and NHL Foundation are subject to the ultimate discretion and control of the National Hockey League Foundation and NHL Foundation, respectively. In addition, you can show your support for Hockey Fights Cancer by purchasing official Hockey Fights Cancer products on** Hockey Fights Cancer funding for Movember is generated only through the Hockey Fights Cancer Movember Challenge online at

**This link is not an endorsement of products. 


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