PHOENIX COYOTES PLAYERS
DELIVERED TOYS TO PHOENIX CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
In support of December's Coyotes Causes being "Home for the Howlidays" month presented by Centex Homes, the Phoenix Coyotes players delivered toys to the Phoenix Children's Hospital Monday, December 18th. The Hospital is located at 1919 East Thomas Road in Phoenix.
"The Holiday Season is such an important time in a child's life where great memories are created and remembered forever," said Captain Shane Doan. "The Coyotes understand how difficult it is for children to be away from families and in the hospital during this time and we look forward to our visit."
Right Wing Georges Laraque continually donates his time and efforts to sick and underprivileged children. While a member of the Edmonton Oilers, Laraque was a strong supported of the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation in Edmonton and now looks to help children here in the Valley.
I do it all the time," said Laraque. "I just think it's great when an athlete can have an impact like this on children. I think it's something that professional athletes should do more often."
Coyotes' center Jeremy Roenick has made countless trips to Phoenix Children's Hospital during his years as a Coyote and recognizes the added impact visits have around the holiday season.
"It's one of my favorite times of the year to tell you the truth," said Roenick. "I've done it for years and years and years and at times I've gone over there just to go over there. There are a lot of kids in there that unfortunately got the raw end of the deal especially around the holiday season when everybody s enjoying good times and family. They're in the hospital (and) it's everything you can do just to get their mind off of it for a little while. I know it's just a short time and it's little, but to them it means a lot. It's funny, there are few things we can do as professional athletes to brighten up people's days."
"It's always nice to go see kids," said Mike Ricci. "Its tough...you wish you wish you could do something for them. If we can go over there and give them a toy and put a smile on their face, it's a lot of fun for us too. The kids are great."