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NHL, NHLPA donate $100,000 to Alberta flood relief

Friday, 07.12.2013 / 10:15 AM / News


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NHL, NHLPA donate $100,000 to Alberta flood relief
The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association announced the organizations will donate $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross.

The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association announced the organizations jointly will donate $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for Alberta flood relief efforts.

The donation is aimed at helping those most affected by the widespread flood damage. The Scotiabank Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames, was among many of the places badly damaged in the flooding.

"The National Hockey League is very proud to join with the NHLPA to support the many people who have been affected by the devastating flood damage in Calgary as well as the province of Alberta," Bernadette Mansur, Executive Director, NHL Foundation, said.

"It's really unbelievable how widespread the damage is, and it is going to take a lot of work to get it all cleaned up, but everyone in the province has really pulled together to do what they can," Calgary Flames forward Matt Stajan, the team's NHLPA representative, said. "This donation from the NHLPA and the NHL to the Canadian Red Cross will provide some much needed funds to help the city and the resilient people of Alberta on their long road to re-building."

The charitable arm of the NHLPA, the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund, is providing the players' $50,000 donation. The NHL's charitable arm, the NHL Foundation, is providing the NHL's donation of $50,000.

"These funds have allowed the Canadian Red Cross to support community agencies and not-for-profits with cash grants," Steve Armstrong, Red Cross provincial director for Alberta, said. "These grants have allowed the groups to replace goods lost and support the increased demand for their services after the first weeks of the flooding. Groups include food banks, Boys and Girls clubs, Elks clubs, community street health organizations and others. "This would not be possible without the generous support of organizations like the NHL and the NHLPA."

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