CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames are proud to announce Canadian Forces Appreciation Night at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday, December 1st when the Flames face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
This is the sixth consecutive year in which the Flames have celebrated our Canadian Forces with an appreciation game at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Once again, through the incredible support of Flames season ticket holders, all available Calgary and area soldiers and a guest will attend the game.
“On behalf of all the men and women of the Canadian Forces, I want to thank the Calgary Flames and their fans for all of their outstanding support during these CF Appreciation Games over the last six years," said General Walt Natynczyk, the Chief of the Defence Staff. "Thanks to your support this year, we'll have 600 of our uniformed men and women and their families attending the game. I am very proud of all our soldiers, sailors and airmen and airwomen, and I am honoured that the Flames and their fans have taken their time to show they care."
Included in the evening’s festivities will be a pre-game ceremonial puck drop with members of the Canadian Forces representing Navy, Air Force and Army. All Calgary Flames players will be wearing “Support Our Troops” yellow ribbon decals on their helmets in support of the Canadian Forces and an instrumental version of the National Anthems will be performed by a ceremonial military band.
“We are honoured to welcome the men and women of the Canadian Forces to a game created to honour their service,” said Flames President & CEO Ken King. “These brave men and women know the meaning of sacrifice and it is because of this commitment and service through sacrifice that allows us to enjoy our freedom as Canadians. Again this season our season ticket holders have donated tickets to host our Canadian Forces members to this important game. I extend our heartfelt gratitude for this generosity.”
“Support Our Troops” merchandise will be sold on the concourse in section 223 along with a limited number of Calgary Flames Commemorative Canadian Forces Caps through Flames FanAttic stores with all proceeds benefitting “Support Our Troops”. Funds from the Flames Foundation for Life 50/50 Draw will also be directed to “Support Our Troops” at Thursday’s game.
Following the game all Canadian Forces personnel in attendance will be invited to ice level for a meet & greet with Flames players and a commemorative photo at center ice.