EDMONTON - The University of Alberta Pandas hockey team will battle more than just the Manitoba Bisons this weekend, as they team also hosts their annual fundraiser game on Friday night.
The team will have a 50/50, raffle, and donation table set up at Clare Drake Arena for their 7:00 p.m. tilt against the Bisons.
The Pandas will raise funds for Hockey Fights Cancer, which is a branch of the Canadian Cancer Society.
"Every one of us has been impacted by cancer in some way. It’s only fitting then that we all share in helping provide support to those that are currently fighting that battle," said Pandas head coach Howie Draper.
"I’m so proud of the players on our team for stepping up and doing their part on Friday. Additionally, I hope to see a sizable group at Clare Drake Arena this weekend to help support the cause!"
Hockey Fights Cancer was founded by the NHL and NHLPA in 1998 to unite the hockey community in support of people with cancer and their families. The Hockey Fights Cancer initiative has resulted in donations of more than $25 million to support national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local charities.
The Pandas have hosted various fundraiser games over the past decade, raising funds for mental health, Lyme disease, and myeloma. The team will have a 50/50, raffle, and donation table set up at Clare Drake Arena.
Coming into the weekend, and with only four conference games remaining in 2019, the Pandas are also looking for a pair of wins, They enter their series with a 6-6-0 record, placing them sixth in Canada West with 17 points.