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Oilers send hats thrown for Leon Draisaitl's three-goal game to charity

Edmonton donated caps tossed on ice during Game 6 to area shelters Monday

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Leon Draisaitl's hat trick Sunday did more than just help the Edmonton Oilers.

After Draisaitl scored three goals in the Oilers' 7-1 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference Second Round at Rogers Place, the Oilers took the hats thrown on the ice, sorted them into piles and donated them to Edmonton-area shelters Bissell Centre, Hope Mission and Operation Friendship.

"It's a win-win," Oilers vice president Tim Shipton told CHED 630 on Monday. "There were some amazing hats in that bag. There were in fact a few signed Leon Draisaitl hats that our fans threw on the ice."

Tweet from @Oil_Foundation: Over 1,000 hats hit the ice last night. We kept some for the memories but the rest went out to put smiles on people's faces today!

More than 1,000 hats were tossed on the ice after Draisaitl scored his third goal of the game, at 15:27 of the second period Sunday. After the game, Bissell Centre, a shelter striving to empower people from poverty to prosperity, created a Twitter campaign to voice their interest in the hats.

Tweet from @BissellCentre: Our #homeless neighbours could sure use those #Oilers hats! Tweet at @EdmontonOilers to help make it happen! Pls Retweet! #YEG #oilersnation

After a hat trick, the Oilers typically keep some hats for memory and donate the rest to charity. The Oilers Foundation announced Monday it would send the hats to Bissell Centre, as well as Hope Mission and Operation Friendship. Hope Mission serves as a shelter for children of adults with addiction. Operation Friendship seeks to improve quality of life for seniors in Edmonton.

Tweet from @Oil_Foundation: What will happen to all of @Drat_29's hat trick hats? They're ready for delivery to @BissellCentre @HopeMission @OFSS1969!

Tweet from @HopeMission: Big thanks to the @Oil_Foundation! With the days getting hotter and summer approaching, these hats came at the perfect time!

"It's quite amazing how our supporters and Edmontonians alike helped to push these hats to the inner city for people who need them most," Darren Brennan of Bissell Centre told on Monday. "It's more than just a hat. It's about providing protection from the sun. Summer is right around the corner. We definitely use them to hand out to our participants."

The fans who received the hats Monday were ecstatic.

"Putting an Oilers hat on today just makes me feel good about myself and about the city," Phil Belliveau, a hat recipient who resides at Bissell Centre, told "It's my way of saying I sponsor my team. I love my team and I support my team."

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