Calgary, AB – 30 HEROS from Edmonton, along with their families, will get to take in their first ever road trip for a hockey tournament combined with 35 kids and their families from HEROS Calgary.
These 65 HEROS (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society) will join forces to form four teams and compete in a friendly tournament at Max Bell Arena in the second annual Jayman Masterbuilt HEROS Weekend. Jayman Masterbuilt has created the opportunity for these two cities to come together over a shared love of hockey, making friends and more importantly memories of their first organized game of hockey.
The HEROS program runs weekly in Edmonton and Calgary from September to March. This weekend will celebrate the end of the third season in Calgary and the second season in Edmonton.
HEROS is a member program of NHL Diversity, who in turn is a part of the NHL Foundation, the National Hockey League's charitable and community relations organization, and a major component of the league's "Hockey is for Everyone" initiative. Founded in 1995, NHL Diversity provides support and unique programming to not-for-profit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering economically disadvantaged boys and girls of all ages opportunities to play hockey.
Former NHL player Tony McKegney, Diversity ambassador for the NHL, will be in attendance for the weekend. The holy grail of professional hockey, the Stanley Cup, will be present as a surprise visitor, at the kickoff event hosted at the Pengrowth Saddledome by the Calgary Flames Hockey Club, as well as the games to be played at Max Bell arena the afternoon of February 28. Busses carrying HEROS, their families, and program leaders from Edmonton will arrive, with police escort, at the North Entrance to the Pengrowth Saddledome (555 Saddledome Rise SE) at 11:30am. Led by Harvey the Hound, a large cheering throng of HEROS from Calgary, their families, and program leaders will welcome them to our city. Here an NHL Style “Draft” will be held forming four teams, to play in the tournament from 2:00-5:00 pm on Saturday, and 9:00am-4:00 pm Sunday at Max Bell arena.