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Hershey Bears Triumphant in Hockey Fights Cancer Game

On Sunday, November 21, 2021, the Hershey Bears hockey club hosted Hockey Fights Cancer, a league-wide initiative to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and treatment. Outfitted in special Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys, the team took to the ice in chocolate and lavender, the official color of the month-long effort that represents all cancers and could be seen throughout GIANT Center. The Bears hosted the Charlotte Checkers and both teams stood on the ice holding 'I Fight For' signs during the 'Moment of Fight' just before the game started. Fans also held signs with names of survivors, those currently fighting cancer, or in remembrance of those lost. Although The Bears defeated the Checkers 4-2, the real win was raising needed funds in the fight against cancer. Following the game, the specialty jerseys were auctioned with a portion of the proceeds going to Hospice of Central PA and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The annual game is part of the club's Hershey Bears Cares community initiative. 

The Hershey Bears were proud to welcome a special guest to the game. Hunter is currently being treated at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The Four Diamonds organization contacted the hockey club about Hunter and his family, all longtime fans of the team. Bryan Helmer, VP of Hockey Operations, Dan 'Beaker' Stuck, team trainer, and Dr. Matt Silvis, team doctor, surprised Hunter with a Hockey Fights Cancer jersey that the whole team signed and a few special video greetings from Bears players. The suite was also decorated with dozens of 'I Fight For' signs in honor of Hunter. We are in your corner Hunter and thank you for being such a wonderful fan! It was a pleasure meeting you and your tremendous family. 

About Hockey Fights Cancer: Since its inception in 1998, Hockey Fights Cancer – a joint initiative by the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) – has resulted in donations of more than $30 million to support national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities, and local charities. Hockey Fights Cancer is also a program of both the National Hockey League Foundation (in the U.S.) and NHL Foundation (in Canada). Lavender, the official color of Hockey Fights Cancer, represents all cancers and will be featured prominently throughout the campaign. To join the conversation, use the official hashtag #HockeyFightsCancer.

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About the Hershey Bears: The Hershey Bears have been proud members of the American Hockey League since the 1938-39 season, making them the longest continuously operating member club of the league still playing in its original city. The Bears have won the Calder Cup 11 times, the most of any AHL franchise. The Bears are the AHL affiliate of the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League, and are affiliated with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. Visit www.HersheyBears.com and follow Hershey Bears on our social media channels for ongoing team and schedule updates.

About Hershey Entertainment & Resorts: Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R) is a world-class entertainment and hospitality company dedicated to preserving the legacy of Milton S. Hershey. Founded in 1927 by Milton S. Hershey, HE&R and its subsidiaries own and/or operate the Hersheypark Entertainment Complex, Hersheypark Arena & Stadium, ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, Hershey Bears hockey team, Giant CenterThe Hotel HersheyHershey LodgeHersheypark Camping ResortThe Spa At The Hotel HersheyHershey Country Club, and Hershey Golf Collection. For additional information about HE&R, visit www.HersheyPA.com.

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