CALGARY, AB -- The Townsend Tigers were once again the winners against the Calgary Flames during the 33rd annual wheelchair hockey game at the Gordon Townsend School in the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
The undefeated Tigers took a commanding lead early on and finished strong with a final score of 16 to 2. Even with a full lineup including promising players like captain Mark Giordano. TJ Brodie, Matt Stajan, Sven Baertschi and Assistant Captain Mike Cammalleri, the Flames couldn’t beat the wall-like defense and lightning fast offence of the Townsend Tigers.
The Flames versus Tigers tradition began in 1980 and despite their defeats in the gym, the Flames are still winners at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Support from The Flames Foundation for Life and the Rotary Clubs of Calgary helped to build Alberta’s first hospice for children. Right next door to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Rotary Flames House helps families in need of respite and palliative care for their children with medically complex and life-limiting illnesses. Last year, an additional $200k was presented by the Flames Foundation for Life towards the Rotary/Flames House.
At the conclusion of the game the championship trophy was presented to the Tigers and then the kids were invited to stay and meet the players during a private autograph session. Plans are already underway for the 2014 game with both teams vowing to train even harder!
ABOUT THE FLAMES FOUNDATION FOR LIFE
The Flames Foundation for Life is the charitable arm of the Calgary Flames. The Foundation is committed to supporting education, health and wellness, and amateur and grassroots sports and raises funds throughout the year for these key areas.
ABOUT ALBERTA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation raises funds for excellence in child health research and family centred care. Through the generosity of donors, the Foundation provides funding for innovative family centred programs, state of the art equipment, advanced medical training and internationally recognized pediatric research.