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Lightning’s ‘Hockey Fights Cancer’ night slated for Monday

Tampa Bay will participate in the league-wide initiative against the Buffalo Sabres.
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos (91) lines up with his team as they hold signs to support cancer survivors on "Hockey Fights Cancer" night last season. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

TAMPA — Break out the purple Tampa Bay gear, Lightning fans.

The club announced its annual “Hockey Fights Cancer” night (presented by the Moffitt Cancer Center) will be held Monday when the team takes on the Buffalo Sabres.

Both teams will hold up ‘I Fight For ___’, ‘In Memory Of ___’, or ‘Survivor’ cards during a moment of silence prior to puck drop.

Sonya-Bryson Kirksey will have a chance to rest her vocal cords as Marissa Peddie, a Ruth Eckerd Hall arts student who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2013 at age 8, sings the national anthem. Peddie is coming up on her three-year remission anniversary; she received her last treatment in February 2016.

Other special guests include Akum Kang, a 19-year-old Georgia Institute of Technology student who recently finished treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma at Moffitt Cancer Center following diagnosis at 18. Kang will partake in a ceremonial puck drop.

Monday’s 50/50 drawing, a raffle featured at every home game, will gift the proceeds to the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Fans who wish to participate in Tampa Bay’s “Hockey Fights Cancer” evening can autograph a large sign, which will be posted on the stage at Thunder Alley. Attendees can pick up a personal card — the same ones the players will hold during the moment of silence — at Section 112 during the game. Fans can also donate $5 for a lapel pin.

Players will use purple tape on their sticks Monday night. Those sticks will be raffled off, in addition to other themed items, at the Lightning Foundation table at Section 123.

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