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Moreau supports Right to Play

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Ethan Moreau's chosen donation game is tonight vs. Minnesota

TORONTO (February 27, 2009) – Players from 25 National Hockey League teams are showing their support for the international humanitarian organization Right To Play by making personal donations based on minutes played in one of their team’s games this weekend.

NHL superstars including Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors Alexander Ovechkin, Zdeno Chara, Joe Thornton and Daniel Alfredsson will be among at least 28 players donating to Right To Play. While players celebrate their ability to play a game they love, they will be making their donations to in honor of coaches or role models who instilled in them the positive values of sport and helped them succeed -- not just in hockey, but in life.

“When I visited Right To Play projects in Mozambique last summer, I saw what an incredible impact Right To Play Coaches are having on children’s lives,” said Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. “I was inspired by their commitment and extremely impressed by the ability of just a few Coaches to create such happiness and amazing learning opportunities for literally hundreds of children. My father was a mentor for me and that is why I am honoring him with my donation. I know it is for an outstanding cause.”

Funds raised will support Right To Play’s sport and play programs in 23 countries of operation across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. By training local community leaders as Coaches to deliver these programs, Right To Play provides similar growth opportunities and positive role models for 600,000 children in Right To Play activities every week.

In addition, players, teams, the NHL and National Hockey League Players’ Association have all contributed to an online auction at The auction is highlighted by a 1999 Harley-Davidson motorcycle donated by Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference and a leather jacket from Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada. Andrew’s video promoting the auction can be seen on the eBay site. Other items include a custom Steve Montador signature poker table, game-used sticks from Daniel Alfredsson and Garnet Exelby, an Alex Ovechkin-autographed Right To Play tracksuit, signed jerseys and other merchandise. The auction closes on March 1.

The Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation is also joining in the players’ support of Right To Play by matching donation contributions from Teammates For Kids ‘Hockey Teammates’ up to $20,000.

 “On behalf of all the children in our programs and the volunteer Coaches who work with them, I want to thank these NHL players and the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation for their outstanding leadership and support,” said Right To Play President and CEO Johann Koss. “This initiative is a great example of what can be achieved when athletes rally together around the best values of sport and play.”

Participating players are listed below and can also be found on a Coach Tribute Wall at or Fans are encouraged to join these NHL players by making online donations in honor of their own coaches or role models. For donations of $25 or more, donor and coach names will be inserted on the Coach Tribute Wall alongside the NHL players, and the donor will receive a personalized ‘Coach Tribute’ via email as a special thank you.

Right To Play 2009 ‘Donation for Minutes Weekend’ Participants

NHL Team                                Player                          Honored Coach / Role Model   Donation Game

Anaheim Ducks                         Steve Montador              Gisele Bourgeois                       Feb. 28 at Dallas
                                                Chris Pronger                Ollie Bon Jovi / Hummer             Feb. 28 at Dallas
Atlanta Thrashers                       Garnet Exelby               Jude Boulianne                          Feb. 28 vs. Carolina
Boston Bruins                            Zdeno Chara                  Zdenek Chara                            Feb. 28 vs. Washington
                                                Andrew Ference             Brent Peterson                          Feb. 28 vs. Washington
Calgary Flames                         Robyn Regehr                All minor hockey coaches           Feb. 27 vs. Minnesota
Chicago Blackhawks                  Jonathan Toews             Thom Gross                              Feb. 27 vs. Pittsburgh
Columbus Blue Jackets              Manny Malhotra             Scott Sones/Rob Honighan         March 1 at Vancouver
Dallas Stars                              Marty Turco                   Mike Zuke                                 Feb. 28 vs. Anaheim
Edmonton Oilers                        Ethan Moreau                Ab Moreau                                Feb. 28 vs. Minnesota
Florida Panthers                        Jay Bouwmeester          Dan Bouwmeester                      Feb. 28 at New Jersey
                                                Greg Campbell               All minor hockey coaches           Feb. 28 at New Jersey
Los Angeles Kings                     Anze Kopitar                 Matjaz Kopitar                           Feb. 27 at Detroit
Minnesota Wild                          Nick Schultz                  Robert Schultz                           Feb. 27 at Calgary
Montreal Canadiens                   Mike Komisarek             Aleksey Nikiforov                       Feb. 28 vs. San Jose
Nashville Predators                    David Legwand               Dave and Carole Legwand           Feb. 28 vs. Detroit
New York Islanders                    Josh Bailey                   Mickey Renaud                          Feb. 28 vs. Buffalo
New York Rangers                     Wade Redden                Pat Redden                               Feb. 28 vs. Colorado
Ottawa Senators                        Daniel Alfredsson           Hasse Alfredsson                       Feb. 28 vs. Toronto
Philadelphia Flyers                     Mike Richards               Mark Richards/Matt Richards      Feb. 27 vs. Montreal
Phoenix Coyotes                       Steve Reinprecht            All minor hockey coaches           Feb 28 vs. St. Louis
Pittsburgh Penguins                   Eric Godard                   Bill Higgins                                Feb. 27 at Chicago
San Jose Sharks                       Joe Thornton                  Brian Muscat                             Feb. 28 at Montreal
St. Louis Blues                          Andy McDonald             All minor hockey coaches           Feb. 28 at Phoenix
Tampa Bay Lightning                  Matt Pettinger                Allan Neale                                Feb. 27 at Vancouver
Toronto Maple Leafs                   Dominic Moore              Brad Selwood                            Feb. 28 at Ottawa
Vancouver Canucks                   Kevin Bieksa                 Scott Jess                                 Feb. 27 vs. Tampa Bay
Washington Capitals                  Alexander Ovechkin       Zinetulla Bilyaletdinov                 Feb. 28 at Boston

 About Right To Play
Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Working in both the humanitarian and development context, Right To Play trains local community leaders as Coaches to deliver our programs in 23 countries affected by war, poverty and disease across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Right To Play is supported by an international team of top athletes from more than 40 countries. As role models, these athletes inspire children, raise awareness and promote opportunities for funding for Right To Play projects.
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