Canucks' Ben Hutton honours Noah Bublé for Hockey Fights Cancer Night

Nov 18 2016, 5:15 am

Instead of his surname, Canucks defenceman Ben Hutton will sport the name Bublé on the back of his jersey before tonight’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.

Each player will wear a lavender Canucks jersey during tonight’s pre-game warmup, with the name of who they are “fighting for” on the back as part of Hockey Fights Cancer Night. It’s a touching tribute.

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Hockey Fights Cancer is an NHL-wide initiative that was founded in 1998 to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

Hutton chose the name Bublé for Noah, the three-year-old son of Vancouver’s Michael Bublé, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Brandon Sutter also chose the name of someone who was in the news recently, honouring Nicholle Anderson, the wife of Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson.

Derek Dorsett took it one step further, flying someone in from his hometown in Saskatchewan.

Meanwhile, Bo Horvat will wear the name of his grandfather who passed away six years ago.

More details about Hockey Fights Cancer Night from the Vancouver Canucks:

  • With the support of Hockey Fights Cancer, the Vancouver Canucks will make a $5,000 donation to Ronald McDonald House BC, which provides accommodation for seriously ill children and their families when they must travel to Vancouver for their child’s major treatment.
  • An oncology patient from BC Children’s Hospital will take part in a ceremonial puck drop and a child from Camp Goodtimes will watch warm up from the home penalty box and receive a stick from a player.
  • Canucks Sports & Entertainment rink board sponsors are showing their support for Hockey Fights Cancer by changing their creative to all-lavender. The lights outside Rogers Arena will also shine lavender on Thursday. Lavender represents awareness for all cancers.
  • Canucks players will wear Hockey Fights Cancer decals on the back of their helmets for all games during Hockey Fights Cancer month. Management, coaching staff and team broadcasters will be wearing lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties on Thursday night to show their support.
  • Canucks players will wrap their sticks in lavender tape for the game on Thursday.
  • Leukemia Lymphoma Society and Canadian Cancer Society share information with our fans at our Community Corner outside Section 111 on the concourse.
  • Fans can support Hockey Fights Cancer by purchasing Hockey Fights Cancer hats and jerseys from the Canucks Team Store. Fans can also visit to purchase Hockey Fights Cancer merchandise and to make a donation. Download the “I fight for” sign on the Canucks homepage.

Hockey players are always told to fight for the name on the front of their jersey, not the back, but most certainly an exception will be made for tonight’s game.

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