The Canes' game tonight against the Islanders will be its annual "Hockey Fights Cancer Night" affair, with nine local non-profit cancer organizations being recognized during the game.
Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint initiative of the NHL and NHL Players Association to raise funds and awareness of the work of local cancer research organizations. It also resonates with such players as Canes captain Eric Staal, who lost his sister-in-law to cancer this year.
"Cancer affects everybody in this world in some way or another," Staal said today. "If we can do our part to try and help cure that disease, it's got to help all mankind.
"Obviously, for me personally, it has been close to my family in the last few years. Having lost someone to the disease, it gives you more awareness on the fight against cancer. I'm glad the Hurricanes and the NHL are a part of this to try and help fight cancer."
Tamara Stephenson, Staal's sister-in-law, battled cancer for a few years before dying in early January in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She was 26.