CALGARY—The Calgary Flames announced today a charitable program initiated by goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff. Through the Flames Foundation for Life, Kiprusoff has made both a financial and service commitment to the Rainbow Society of Alberta. Along with assisting the Rainbow Society in fulfilling wishes of Alberta children with chronic or life threatening illnesses, the former Vezina Trophy winner will donate $10 to the Society for each save he makes during the 2008-2009 NHL season.
"As a child, I dreamed that someday I would play hockey professionally," said Kiprusoff. "My dream came true and continues everyday while playing for the Calgary Flames. I had been thinking for sometime about how I could make a difference in other people’s lives through hockey. When the Rainbow Society was presented to me, I saw it as a perfect opportunity to share my passion for hockey while helping children through very difficult times."
After 13 games this season, Kiprusoff has posted a 7-5-1 record during which time he has made 389 saves to lead the Flames to a first place tie in the Northwest Division. The Finnish goaltender’s performance has already accumulated $3,890 for the Rainbow Society. Check the Flames website for the growing total during the regular season.
"We are so excited and appreciative that Miikka has chosen the Rainbow Society of Alberta as the beneficiary of his good will," said Debbie Van Camp, Regional Manager for Southern Alberta. "The funds collected through his generosity will be used to help fulfill the wishes of seriously ill children throughout Alberta. Miikka has given Flames fans of all ages another reason to cheer on the team and Miikka’s every save."
The Rainbow Society of Alberta is a non-profit, registered charity dedicated to fulfilling wishes of Alberta children with chronic or life threatening illnesses. The organization collects the wishes of sick children and raises funds through donation and events to fulfill these wishes. The Rainbow Society has granted over 700 wishes for Alberta Children. Children who submit wishes are affected by a variety of illness and ailments.