Calgary, AB – As 2010 nears to a close Calgary Flames players have been busy engaging in partnerships off the ice again this year. Details on some of the Flames players renewing and initiating community partnerships follow:
· MATT STAJAN has committed as a spokesperson for the Alberta Children’s Hospital. The Flames forward has donated tickets to youth receiving care at the hospital and will be participating in the Hospital’s fundraising activities through appearances and donations.
· 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 $500,000 for the organization. Iginla also raised $38 thousand this offseason for Brown Bagging it for Calgary’s Kids through his annual charity hockey school in July 2010.
· ROBYN REGEHR continues his commitment to Impact Society. Last season Regehr donated over $8,000 by donating $75 per hit during the regular season to Impact Society. This year the Flames Assistant Captain will donate $100 per regular season hit.
* OLLI JOKINEN initiated a program named Olli’s All-Stars for grades 7 through 12 in which rewards positive behavior in a school setting. Students are asked 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.
· ALEX TANGUAY has partnered with the Canadian Cancer Society directed to stomach cancer research. Tanguay donates $200, or a minimum donation of $10,000, for every assist he records during the 2010-2011regular season to the national cancer organization’s Alberta/NWT division.
· DAVID MOSS will again donate $100 per goal to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Moss has also been a spokesman for the Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation (CEPF) and Flames Reading…Give it a Shot! program for the last four seasons as a Flame – visiting schools to reinforce the positive effects of literacy.
· JAY BOUWMEESTER has aligned with the H.E.R.O.S. (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society) program. Bouwmeester donates tickets to program participants and visits events this year with program youth.
· RENE BOURQUE has recently initiated a school program called Bourque’s Buddies 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 them and selects students to come to a Flames game and meet him. Bourque also hosts the Rene Bourque Hockey Fund which directs funding for hockey equipment through the NHLPA to youth in Northern Alberta.
· CURTIS GLENCROSS continues his commitment to Special Olympics Calgary by making appearances at their athlete programs. Glencross has also raised over $200,000 for Crime Stoppers Calgary over the last two years from his charity golf tournament.
· CORY SARICH spearheaded a Movember campaign on the Flames team this season. Funds generated from the November campaign were directed to the Prostate Cancer Canada. The Flames and Hitmen teams together raised over $68,000 for Movember. Sarich is also 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.
· ADAM PARDY continues to be a spokesman for Big Brothers and Sisters of Calgary and Area as an active participant in their fundraising initiatives.
· MARK GIORDANO is one of the faces (alongside Robyn Regehr and David Moss) of the Flames and CEPF Reading…Give it a Shot! program. Giordano will visit schools this season to reinforce the positive effects of literacy. Giordano is also a spokesman for Habitat for Humanity and will appear in many of the organizations communication efforts this season.
· CRAIG CONROY remains a spokesman for the Flames charitable arm; the Flames Foundation for Life. The Flames veteran is an avid participant and leader in Foundation promotions and fundraisers.
· MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF is raising money again this season to help wishes and dreams come true by donating $10 per save to the Rainbow Society of Alberta. Miikka has raised over $38 thousand for the charity that grants wishes for chronically and terminally ill youth over the last two years.
· BRENDAN MORRISON will host 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.
The Flames charitable arm, the Flames Foundation for Life, matches each player’s financial donations up to $25,000. Last season the Flames Foundation distributed over $70,000 through player programs.
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.