CALGARY, AB – The Townsend Tigers defeated the Calgary Flames this afternoon in the 32nd annual wheelchair hockey game at the Gordon Townsend School in the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
The Flames squad, led by head coach Bob Hartley, lost by a score of 20-5 to the undefeated Tigers. It was the 32nd consecutive victory for the Tigers over the Flames in this annual fun event. Hartley was joined by members of his coaching staff including Martin Gelinas, Jacques Cloutier, Clint Malarchuk and Jamie Pringle along with Flames alumni, Craig Conroy, Joel Otto, Perry Berezan, Rene Corbet, Tyler Moss and Jamie Macoun.
At the conclusion of the game and following the championship trophy presentation to the Tigers, the Flames and the Flames Foundation for Life made a $200,000 donation to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation for programs at the Rotary/Flames House. The donation will be directed to palliative and respite services that are in need of funds for families and youth with life-limiting illnesses.
For families caring for a child with a progressive or terminal illness, the Rotary Flames House is an alternative to home. The hospice, which provides respite and end-of-life care, was designed with families in mind; there are 11 children’s bedrooms with pull out sofa’s for parents to sleep by the bedside, 2 family suites, a special room flooded with sunlight for children with immune systems too weak to go outside and a team of health care specialists to provide support. Opened in 2010 next to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, the family-centered sanctuary is the first of its kind in Alberta and helps an estimated 400 families a year.
Working together, the Rotary Clubs of Calgary and the Flames Foundation for Life donated $2.5 million towards the construction of the family-centered facility and surrounding park.