In their 27th attempt to defeat the mighty Townsend Tigers in wheelchair hockey, the Calgary Flames fell 11-6 at the Alberta Children's Hospital.
The Flames weren't able to break the Tiger's unbeaten streak despite a hat-trick from defenceman Dion Phaneuf and some brilliant saves from Flames forwards-turned-goaltenders including Todd Bertuzzi, Wayne Primeau, Eric Nystrom, and Mike Cammalleri
"In the last 20 years, this was the worst beating we've ever taken," Craig Conroy commented. "They were much better than what we are used to."
"I don't know what happened to the Flames—Bertuzzi didn't score, Cammalleri didn't score...I have never seen the Tigers dominate like this." Flames Announcer Beezley added.
The Flames are the only NHL team in Canada with an annual wheelchair hockey game hosted by a children's hospital. The Flames vs. Tigers tradition began in 1981 with the Flames still baffled by the Tigers unrelentless forecheck and powerful defencive play.
The Flames Foundation for Life and the Rotary Clubs of Calgary have teamed up to donate $2.5 million to help build Alberta's first hospice and respite care facility for children. The Rotary/Flames House is scheduled to open in summer 2009 and will help hundreds of families needing specialized help for very sick and terminally ill children.
The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation raises funds for excellence in child health and family centered care. Through the generosity of donors, the Foundation provides funding for innovative programs, state-of-the-art equipment, advanced medial training and internationally recognized pediatric research.