CALGARY - The Calgary Flames, in partnership with their charitable arm, the Calgary Flames Foundation, will host games this weekend in support of the National Hockey League's 'Hockey Is For Everyone' campaign and Gender Equality month on Friday, March 6th and Sunday, March 8th.
Friday, March 6th - Hockey is for Everyone
On Friday, March 6th, when the Calgary Flames play the Arizona Coyotes, they will host their 'Hockey is for Everyone' game, promoting inclusion and accessibility in sport and hockey. During the warm up, Flames players will be using Pride Tape in support of You Can Play. The starting lineup will be joined by a minor sledge hockey player as the evening's Scotiabank Skater and Alberta's Special Olympics Canada Winter Games finalists will be on the carpet during anthems. The Calgary Flames and Calgary Flames Foundation will be promoting inclusion and accessibility programs for the duration of the game.
Sunday, March 8th - Flames International Women's Day Game
As part of the NHL's Gender Equality month and International Women's Day, the Calgary Flames will be celebrating women and women in sport and business, when they host the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday, March 8th. Members of post-secondary women's hockey teams in southern Alberta will be on-ice during the evening's anthems. The captains from the women's teams at University of Calgary, SAIT, Mount Royal University, Olds College, University of Lethbridge and Red Deer College, will represent their teams on the anthem carpet, prior to puck drop. Off the ice, the game will be announced on Sportsnet by an all-female broadcast team: play-by-play announcer Leah Hextall, game analyst Cassie Campbell-Pascall, and reporter Christine Simpson. In-game content will feature female leaders in sport including Catriona Le May Doan and Minister Aheer, Alberta's Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism, and Status of Women.
Video: Sunday's broadcast will feature an all-female crew
Each year, the Calgary Flames Foundation supports all southern Alberta's post-secondary women's hockey program with a $10,000 donation to each team. The Calgary Flames Foundation also provides funding to a number of programs that promote accessibility and inclusivity. For more information visit www.calgaryflamesfoundation.com
The Calgary Flames support any teammate, coach or fan who brings heart, energy and passion to the rink. We believe all hockey programs - from professionals to youth organizations - should provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.