CALGARY, AB -- As the Calgary Flames continue the start of the 2011-2012 regular season Flames players have been busy engaging in partnerships off the ice. Details on the Flames players renewing and initiating community partnerships follow:
Jay Bouwmeester has aligned with the H.E.R.O.S. (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society) program for the second season. Bouwmeester donates tickets to program participants and visits events with program youth.
Mark Giordano is a spokesman for Habitat for Humanity and appears in many of the organizations communication materials. He and his wife Lauren are chairs of the Habitat for Humanity ‘5 for 5’ initiative which raises funds for the construction of five homes in five different countries. Giordano donated $25,000 to this initiative last year. Giordano is also one of the faces of the Flames and Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation’s Reading…Give it a Shot! program.
Cory Sarich is the Honourary Chair of the Country Hills Classic Presented by the Mavericks Chuckwagon Society which raises funds for the Flames Foundation for Life and Children’s Link Society. This year’s event in June raised over $225,000 for Children’s Charities.
Brendan Morrison hosted the Second Annual Tofino Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby at the end of July 2011 in benefit of Tofino, BC community initiatives. Held in partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 65 annual fishing derby, now in its 24th year, the Tofino Saltwater Classic includes 100 participants and a celebratory dinner and silent auction hosted by Morrison. This year’s event in July raised over $25,000.
Mikael Backlund has partnered with both the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta and the Sunshine Foundation of Alberta. As part of this partnership Backlund will donate $100.00 per goal during the regular season to the Sunshine Foundation of Canada and $100.00 per assist during the regular season to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta. Backlund has also donated tickets to both organizations for program youth to attend a Flames game and meet him after.
Jarome Iginla continues to support KidSport Calgary and Canada, donating $2,000 for every goal he scores during the regular season. The Flames captain has raised over $550,000 for the organization.
Olli Jokinen initiated a program named Olli’s All-Stars for grades 7 through 12 students which rewards positive behavior in a school setting. Students are requested to a send a letter to the Scotiabank Saddledome about an act of kindness or heroism at school. Jokinen reads letters and selects students to attend a Flames game and meet him.
Tom Kostopoulos is a spokesman for the Calgary Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association. As part of this partnership Kostopoulos donates $100.00 per goal during the regular season as well as tickets to program youth. After these games he will meet with the ticket recipients in the locker room.
Rene Bourque initiated Bourque’s Buddies last season through the Piitoayis Family School attended by 145 Aboriginal students. Students send letters to Bourque about positive acts committed in the school setting. Bourque reads letters and selects students to come to a Flames game and meet him. Bourque also hosted the second annual Rene Bourque Hockey Fund this offseason. In September Bourque and NHLPA distributed 50 full sets of equipment to youth in Lac La Biche in Northern Alberta.
Matt Stajan is a spokesperson for the Alberta Children’s Hospital. The Flames forward donated a set of season tickets to youth receiving care at the hospital and will be participating in the Hospital’s fundraising activities and events.
Curtis Glencross continues his commitment to Special Olympics Calgary by making appearances at their athlete programs. Glencross has also partnered with the Gord Bamford Foundation which offers under privileged youth and single parent families in Canada an equal opportunity in life by providing monies to support education, health care and music.
Lee Stempniak will be one of the faces of the Flames and Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation’s Reading…Give it a Shot! program. Stempniak will visit schools this season to reinforce the positive effects of literacy this season.
David Moss will again donate $100.00 per goal to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Moss has also been a spokesman for the Flames and Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation’s Reading…Give it a Shot! program for the last five seasons as a Flame – visiting schools to reinforce the positive effects of literacy. This summer David served as the Honourary Chair of the CEPF Charity Golf Tournament on August 15th in Calgary.
Miikka Kiprusoff will donate $10.00 to the Children’s Cottage Society for every save he makes during the 2011-2012 regular season. The Flames goaltender has donated over $55,000 to the Rainbow Society of Alberta in the last three seasons.
Alex Tanguay has partnered for the second season with the Canadian Cancer Society directed to stomach cancer research. Tanguay donates $200.00 per assist during the regular season, or a minimum donation of $10,000, to the national cancer organization’s Alberta/NWT division. Last season Tanguay donated $10,000.
The Flames Foundation for Life matches each player’s donations up to $25,000. Through various initiatives, the Calgary Flames Hockey Club and their charitable arm; the Flames Foundation for Life, continue to touch the lives of thousands of people through its commitment to education, medical research, health, amateur sports and recreation.
Further the above personal commitments all Flames players continue to be actively involved in team fundraisers and community programs such as Pond Hockey by Enmax Energy, Flames Ambassador Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament, Danone SuperSkills, Alberta Children Hospital wheelchair hockey and Christmas visits and various charitable and community appearances through the Flames Foundation for Life and Community Relations programming.