By Miranda Baker
The Townsend Tigers beat the Calgary Flames for the 25th straight time in their annual Wheelchair Hockey game at the Alberta Children's Hospital.
Defenceman Dion Phaneuf recorded a hat-trick, but it was the kids that came out ahead downing the Flames by a score of 7-6.
"I gave up their game winning goal on a penalty shot," said Chuck Kobasew, who played in net for the Flames during the final half of the game. "The kid went top corner, so the guys were giving me a hard time."
According to Kobasew, who was participating in his fourth wheelchair hockey game, the event is important not only to the patients at the Alberta Children's Hospital, but also to the players.
"It's something that brings the whole school together, and it gives everyone the opportunity to meet each other and it just seems like they're having so much fun out here," added Kobasew.
"Just to be able to come and spend some time with them, being able to play against them and sign some autographs for them, it makes it definitely worth while."
Belinda Lamb, with the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation, agrees and says it's important for the children to feel like stars.
"When kids face extra challenges during their day, having celebrities and having people who are role models in the community come and spend time with them makes them feel so important and so special, it's amazing," commented Lamb.
The Flames roster included Jarome Iginla, Dion Phaneuf, Roman Hamrlik, Jeff Friesen, Matthew Lombardi, Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ference, Jamie Lundmark, Jamie McLennan, Robyn Regehr, Brandon Prust and Rhett Warrener.