(Edmonton, AB) – Hundreds of Edmontonians gathered at the Winspear Centre over the lunch hour today for a public celebration honouring Glen Sather. The Oilers former head coach, general manager and president returned to Edmonton as the Oilers commemorate his storied career with a banner raising celebration at Rexall Place on December 11, 2015.
In recognition of Sather’s contributions to the city of Edmonton, both on and off the ice, Oilers Entertainment Group CEO & Vice Chair Bob Nicholson announced a contribution of $1 million on behalf of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) and the Katz Family for the creation of a fund, administered in partnership with the City of Edmonton, to support new programs at the Edmonton Downtown Community Arena that will serve the highest-needs residents in the community.
During the public consultation phase of Rogers Place development, there was broad-based support amongst Edmontonians for the inclusion of the Community Arena in the project in large part due to the opportunity to use the facility to create unique community programming to help enhance the quality of life in Edmonton’s Inner City. This donation will create a fund to be administered in partnership with the City of Edmonton to create such programming.
“We were inspired by what we heard during the public consultation. Thanks to the generous donation from the Oilers Foundation and Katz family, we believe that this partnership can create a lasting impact for inner city residents. To be able to do this in Glen's name is fitting and will serve as a lasting tribute to his tremendous legacy in Oil Country,” said Nicholson. “We are also very pleased to extend our partnership with the City of Edmonton into another realm where, working together, we can accomplish some great things.”
Mayor Don Iveson and Nicholson joined Glen Sather to unveil a special plaque in Glen’s honour during the public celebration at the Winspear Centre. The plaque will reside in the Downtown Community Arena as a tribute to Glen’s leadership and community involvement.
In addition to building the dynasty teams of the 1980s, Sather built the Oilers legacy of community and philanthropic involvement. He and his wife Ann, along with the Edmonton Eskimos, created the Carnival of Champions which raised the funds to build a new centre of excellence in the treatment of sport and exercise-related injuries, now known as the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic.
Established in 2001, the EOCF continues the Oilers legacy of giving back by contributing its unique resources and financial support to charitable organizations that serve the communities of Northern Alberta. With a focus on education, health and wellness for youth in Oil Country, the EOCF is dedicated to building strong, vibrant and safe communities by demonstrating philanthropic leadership.
Since its inception, the EOCF has distributed over $28 million dollars to charities throughout the community.
Edmonton Oilers hockey is presented by Molson Canadian, Rogers, Ford, Scotiabank and the Rexall Family of Pharmacies.