CALGARY, AB -- The Townsend Tigers were once again the winners over the Calgary Flames during the 35th annual wheelchair hockey game at Gordon Townsend School in the Alberta Children’s Hospital on Thursday afternoon.
The undefeated Tigers took a commanding lead early on and finished strong with a final score of 19-5. Even with a lineup that included the Flames Ambassador for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Matt Stajan, captain Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie and Johnny Gaudreau, the Flames couldn’t beat the wall-like defence and lightning-fast offence of the Tigers.
The Flames versus Tigers tradition began in 1980 and despite their defeats in the gym, the Flames are still winners at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Support from the Calgary Flames Foundation and the Rotary Clubs of Calgary helped to build Alberta’s first hospice for children. Right next door to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Rotary Flames House helps families in need of respite and palliative care for their children with medically complex and life-limiting illnesses. The Calgary Flames Foundation continues to support the Rotary Flames House on an annual basis.
At the conclusion of the game, the championship trophy was presented to the Tigers followed by the kids being invited to stay and meet the players during a private autograph session. Plans are already underway for the 2016 game with both teams vowing to train even harder!
About the Calgary Flames Foundation
Through various initiatives, the Calgary Flames Hockey Club and its charitable arm, the Calgary Flames Foundation, continue to touch the lives of thousands of people through its commitment to education, health and wellness, and amateur and grassroots sports.
About the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation
The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation raises funds for excellence in child health research and family centred care. Through the generosity of donors, the Foundation provides funding for innovative family centred programs, state of the art equipment, advanced medical training and internationally recognized pediatric research.