NHL raises money for cancer research

The NHL turned lavender for October.

In an effort to raise money and awareness, "Hockey Fights Cancer" month is being recognized around the league with each team hosting an awareness night.

On Oct. 17, cancer survivors Saku Koivu and Jason Blake took part in a ceremonial puck drop before the Anaheim Ducks game against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Ducks also honored the team’s oral surgeon, Dr. Jeffrrey Pulver, who died after a 14-year battle with cancer, and donated $10,000 to the Orange County/Inland Empire chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Buffalo Sabres netminder Ryan Miller photographed fellow NHL stars Henrik Lundqvist, Steven Stamkos, Drew Doughty and Patrice Bergeron this summer in New York City for an exclusive portfolio on Vanity Fair's website to highlight the cause.

"The photo shoot was a lot of fun," Miller said in a statement released by the NHL. "It not only gave me the chance to spend time doing something that I love to do, but it also was a unique way to raise awareness for a good cause."

Hockey fights cancer, a joint initiative between the NHL and NHL Players' Association founded in 1998, has raised more than $11 million for cancer research, according to the NHL.

If you want to help out, you can visit the "Hockey Fights Cancer" website.