Christmas is right around the corner, so I want to take the next couple hundred words to pass along a special song, which features a pair of phenomenal voices from longtime friends of the blog. I think you'll find that the song represents a great cause.
Alyonka and Diana Larionov, daughters of Hall of Fame Red Wing Igor Larionov, recently released a Christmas song, That's What Christmas Means to Me, to generate further awareness and funds for the charity, Hockey Fights Cancer.
Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight.
It is supported by NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America.
To date, more than $11 million has been raised to support national and local cancer research institutions, Children's Hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations.
The song can be purchased on iTunes and the proceeds go to the charity. If you want to donate more than the $0.99 it costs to buy the song, you can empty your piggy banks at HockeyFightsCancer.com.
The music video is below. I was asked to be in it, but technical difficulties prevented me from making the appearance. Chris Osgood took my spot instead. Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin, Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom, & Patrick Kane, amongst other NHLers, also make cameos.
Kudos to Alyonka and Diana for writing a great song, producing a creative music video, and being selfless with the benefits that will come from the song's inevitable success.