NHL signs health insurance partner

North American ice hockey league the NHL has signed health service company Cigna as its official health insurance provider.

Connecticut-based Cigna has been the NHL’s benefits provider for the past 19 years.

Cigna will also be the presenting sponsor for the NHL's 'Every Save Counts' campaign as a part of the league's 'Hockey Fights Cancer' effort to raise money and awareness for national and local organisations involved in cancer care and research.

Under the agreement, Cigna will donate $1 (€0.93) for every save made throughout the 2016-17 season. It will also match donations above $25, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000 as part of the initiative.

As part of the sponsorship, Cigna will be engaged in 'Every Save Counts' awareness efforts with NHL teams in 10 cities, including the Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals. Awareness will take place all season, culminating in the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month in October and November.