The Dallas Stars-Colorado Avalanche game this past Sunday, Feb. 11 raised over $10,000 for the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation.It marked the first time in League history when two competing teams with full-team participation of players, coaches and general managers in the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation contributed funds based on on-ice performance to the charity.
Every Stars and Avalanche player donated a pre-determined amount for goals scored, assists made, shots blocked or team win.At game's end, Teammates for Kids Foundation matched the total earned, raising the donation to over $10,000.
There are currently more than 200 NHL players signed up to donate to the Teammates for Kids Foundation during the 2006-2007 season. The NHLPA and its members teamed up with Garth Brooks in 2001 and due to the success of the program, in 2005 the Foundation was named the Official Children's Charity of the NHL and NHLPA.To date, more than $2.5 million has been raised.
"It was a dream come true for the Teammates for Kids Foundation at the game on Sunday, and the beginning of another," said Garth Brooks.
"With over $10,000 raised for charity in one game, you can imagine what would happen if every game of the season was like Sunday. My hat is off to the league and especially those amazing athletes that are committed to helping children in need around the world."