Monday, November 16, 2009

120,000 raised by QMJHL teams

Press Release

OUCHERVILLE, Thursday, November 12, 2009 – The Commissioner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Gilles Courteau, today unveiled the total amount raised by the eighteen QMJHL clubs during special promotional night activities organized throughout the month of October to help in the fight against breast cancer.

"Over the past several months, the QMJHL and its teams worked extremely hard to develop eighteen prototype pink jerseys in order to help raise awareness as well as funds for the fight against breast cancer," said the Commissioner. "More than 400 pink jerseys were worn during designated home games and then auctioned off or sold with the proceeds distributed to local, regional or national organizations dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. Furthermore, teams created other great fundraising initiatives to generate additional dollars for the cause and the end result is truly extraordinary. Today, we are proud to announce that as a result of our clubs’ efforts that just over $120,000 have been generated. I would like to congratulate all of our clubs and thank them for their valued contribution. Also, I would like to thank our fans for their incredible support and generosity in this endeavour."

Most people know or care for someone who is or who has been afflicted by this terrible disease. Statistics show that one out of every nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and its eighteen franchises are proud to play their part in the fight against breast cancer. As a result of fundraising initiatives such as these, vital research in the field has enabled survival rates to jump 25% in the past 20 years.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

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