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Ducks Celebrate Hockey is for Everyone Month

by Anaheim Ducks / AnaheimDucks.com

In support of their longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in hockey, the Ducks in partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL), the League's Member Clubs and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) will spotlight a variety of community-related initiatives for Hockey Is For Everyone month. Every day throughout February, Hockey Is For Everyone activities will focus awareness on such areas as LGBTQ; ethnicity and gender equality; socio-economic status and those with disabilities. The campaign is conducted in partnership with the You Can Play Project - a nonprofit committed to supporting the LGBTQ community and fighting homophobia in sports. The campaign marks the first time the Players' Association, the League and its Clubs have collaborated to encourage teamwork, inclusiveness and diversity in hockey at all levels daily for an entire calendar month.

As part of Hockey is For Everyone month, the Ducks will use rainbow PRIDE tape in support of the You Can Play Project during warmups at the Feb. 17 game versus the Florida Panthers (puck drop 7 p.m.). The players sticks used during the warmups on Feb. 17 as well as the sticks used during the warmups at the Ducks Feb. 3 contest at Florida will be auctioned online off at www.anaheimducks.com/auctions during the week of Feb. 20 (exact timing still TBD). In addition, the Anaheim Ducks Team Store powered by Reebok will have Anaheim Ducks PRIDE t-shirt with proceeds going to the You Can Play Project.

Prior to the Ducks home contest versus Boston on Feb. 22, Willie O'Ree will take part in a ceremonial puck drop as the NHL's Hockey is For Everyone ambassador. As part of Ducks S.C.O.R.E. school assembly program focusing on the Hockey is for Everyone initiative during the month of February, O'Ree, alongside Ducks radio play-by-play announcer Steve Carroll, will lead four assemblies focusing on O'Ree's career, both on his path to becoming the first African American player in the NHL, as well as his commitment to growing the sport in accordance with NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative. Each assembly will be conversation based highlighting topics such as childhood dreams, breaking barriers, leaving a legacy, and California hockey history. Students are studying O'Ree in their classes and will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each assembly.

In addition to the other Hockey is For Everyone initiatives, the Ducks RINKS programs will host a Try Hockey for Free Day on Saturday, Feb. 25 at THE RINKS -Westminister ICE (3:20-4:20 p.m.) and a Top Flight on ICE program at THE RINKS - Lakewood ICE on Sunday, Feb. 26 (3:15-4:15 p.m.) to help in celebrating the inclusiveness and diversity of this campaign. Try Hockey For Free Day will provide boys and girls ages 4 to12 with little to no prior hockey experience the chance to learn to play the game of hockey during a supervised session. Participants will receive instruction from THE RINKS coaches on the basics of hockey as well as learn how to skate properly. In addition, the Top Flight on ICE program will give individuals with special needs an opportunity to try hockey for free, take part in a group Learn to Skate lesson and enjoy a special public skate with family and friends. Participants for both Hockey is For Everyone programs will be provided with skates, shoulder and elbow pads, shin guards, a helmet, hockey pants, gloves and a jersey for the one-hour session.

There are a limited number of tickets available for the Ducks Feb. 17 contest versus the Florida Panthers. All ticket options can be purchased through AnaheimDucks.com, Ticketmaster or at the Honda Center Box Office. Fans will incur no additional fees when purchasing tickets direct from the Anaheim Ducks (via any of the aforementioned avenues). In addition, fans will continue to receive free TicketFast delivery (ability to print tickets at home). For more information on Season, Premium and Mini Plan ticket packages, call 1-877-WILD WING or visit AnaheimDucks.com.

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