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Wings, Van Andel Institute partner for Purple Community Hockey Fights Cancer Night

Thursday, 08.22.2013 / 10:30 AM ET / Press Release
By Kevin Wilson  - Red Wings Social Media Coordinator
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Wings, Van Andel Institute partner for Purple Community Hockey Fights Cancer Night

DETROIT – The Red Wings announced on Tuesday a partnership with Van Andel Institute’s Purple Community for Hockey Fights Cancer Night on October 26, when Detroit plays host to its Original Six foe, New York Rangers.

With this alliance, the Van Andel Institute, (VAI), and the Wings will take on the toughest of opponents: cancer. Through collaborative efforts, the Wings and VAI hope to raise awareness and funds to aid in defeating the disease.

“A partnership is a powerful thing, and a good partnership is based on the knowledge that there is strength in people coming together for a common goal,” said David Van Andel, chairman and CEO of VAI at a news conference in Grand Rapids to announce the partnership. “It is my pleasure to inform you that we have come together with the Red Wings in our fight against cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. On October 26, we are going to turn The Joe purple and host activities designed to spread our message of research, discovery, and hope.”

Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996, the VAI conducts biomedical research with a focus on cancer and Parkinson’s disease, putting a strong emphasis on translating scientific research results into clinical applications. The Purple Community, an internal subsidiary of VAI, gives supporters the opportunity to participate in a range of fundraisers and events throughout the state. One hundred percent of the funds raised through Purple Community events go toward research; all of VAI’s operating costs are paid for through an endowment.

The Red Wings’ organization is thrilled to bring VAI on board for Hockey Fights Cancer Night, part of the NHL and NHLPA’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative founded in 1998.

“Connecting with the community has always been a high priority for the Red Wings, especially when it comes to battling cancer and disease,” said Tom Wilson, President and CEO of Olympia Entertainment. “Purple Community in particular is a great way to engage our fans and raise funds for an outstanding cause.”

Fans wishing to attend the game and support Purple Community fundraising efforts can purchase an upper-level seat for $100, a price that includes a donation to the VAI. Those who take advantage of this unique ticket offer will be invited to join cancer survivors on the ice post-game to form a human purple ribbon for a commemorative photo. The visual will provide a symbolic representation of unity that captures the commitment and dedication of the Purple Community.

Tickets for the game will go on sale this Saturday, August 24, and can be purchased by visiting www.detroitredwings.com/hockeyfightscancer and entering the promo code ‘PURPLE’.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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