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Flames host Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Flames are pleased to host Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night taking place on Friday, January 9th, 2015 at the Flames game against the Florida Panthers.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Flames will welcome over 470 Canadian Armed Forces members, family members and veterans to the game which will honour them for their services with the Canadian Armed Forces.

“It’s a true honour for the Calgary Flames to host our ninth annual Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night,” said Ken King, President and CEO of the Calgary Flames. “Nearly five hundred members of the armed forces will be in attendance and this night will serve as an opportunity to show our gratitude to all branches of the military for their brave service.”

This year Calgary’s namesake ship, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Calgary, will be honoured. The ceremonial puck drop will take place with Canadian Armed Forces Chief of the Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson, along with the Ship’s Captain Commander John Wilson, and Ordinary Seaman Alexander Hutchinson-Harris who is the youngest member of the crew. In addition, the national anthems will be performed by Able Seaman Afton Forsberg from HMCS Nonsuch.

“Support Our Troops” merchandise will be on-sale on the concourse in section 227 & The Chrysler Club. The Flames will also be selling commemorative Reebok Calgary Flames military caps with all proceeds to be directed to “Support Our Troops”. All Canadian Armed Forces members in uniform will receive a 25% discount at all FanAttic locations at the Scotiabank Saddledome and 10% off cresting, jerseys, and memorabilia. Parking fees will also be waived for all military personnel attending the game.

The Flames Foundation for Life will also donate a portion of the proceeds from the evening’s 50/50 sales to the Military Families Fund.

“On behalf of the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces I would like to thank the Calgary Flames organization and their fans for their tremendous support,” said General Tom Lawson. “This appreciation night is a reflection of the connection you have with your military – and we are honoured by this strong bond.”

Following the conclusion of the game, uniformed military personnel will be welcomed onto the ice where they will receive the opportunity to have a post-game group photo. In addition, the majority of in-game elements will have a distinct Canadian Armed Forces tie-in and Flames players will adorn a yellow ribbon helmet decal in honour of those who serve this country.

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