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RELEASE: Covenant Foundation, EOCF team up to support children in care

A financial donation from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation to Covenant Foundation will help meet the needs of the hundreds of children and families who rely on the Covenant Health Foster Care Clinic


EDMONTON, AB - Today, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation presented a $50,000 cheque to Covenant Foundation to purchase supplies such as food, clothing, toiletries and transportation for the 2,000 children and teens supported by the clinic annually.

"The children served by the compassionate health care team at the Foster Care Clinic are facing incredible challenges. We are very grateful to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation for this generous contribution that will have a lasting impact on at-risk kids and teens from Edmonton and communities across northern Alberta," says Tracy Sopkow, Chief Executive Officer, Covenant Foundation.

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RELEASE: Second annual Dave's Drive returns in support of Sport Central

Fundraising, awareness campaign and hockey equipment drive honours late Oilers legend Dave Semenko

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EDMONTON, AB - Today, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) announced, in partnership with Sports Central, the second annual Dave's Drive supporting disadvantaged children in our community. The campaign, named after legendary Oilers enforcer Dave Semenko runs for two weeks starting today and will include an exciting in-game awareness night on Wednesday, October 16 versus the Philadelphia Flyers.

The campaign encourages both awareness of Sport Central as well as donations of funds and hockey equipment to disadvantaged youth in and around the Edmonton area.

This year, long-time teammate and friend of Semenko, and Oilers legend himself Kevin Lowe was named official ambassador for the Dave's Drive campaign.

"Dave was really one of the Oilers 'greats'," said Lowe. "He was always so passionate about helping others, and I am honoured to further his legacy to help raise funds and equipment for Edmonton youth so that everyone can have a chance to play hockey. This is a great way to remember Dave and help kids in our community."

Semenko has an almost 40-year relationship with the Edmonton Oilers franchise, playing an important role on the Edmonton Oilers teams through the 1980's, including two Stanley Cup championships in 1984 and 1985, as a scout in the 1990's and 2000's and later as an official Oilers Ambassador. Dave lost a courageous battle to cancer in 2017. In his memory and through dollars raised from the Centennial Greatest Team event in 2017, the EOCF created the Dave Semenko Legacy Project to celebrate Dave's role both on and off the ice as an ambassador for the Oilers and greater hockey community.

"Sport Central is excited about teaming up again with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation on the annual Dave's Drive," said Sheldon Oleksyn, Sport Central's Executive Director. "Please join our team effort to 'assist' a disadvantaged child dreaming of playing sports and get the equipment they need to join the game."

During the campaign from October 7-21, every dollar donated to Sport Central will be matched by the EOCF up to $25,000.


Sport Central was formed in 1991 and was created by community-minded individuals who saw the need to provide children with access to necessary sport equipment. Since its inception, Sport Central has enabled over 145,000 low-income kids to participate in the sport of their choice with safe gear and funding.

"Dave Semenko never backed away from a challenge. In his spirit, we issue our Dave's Drive challenge to all Edmontonians," said Oleksyn.

To learn more about Dave's Drive, or to make a cash donation, please visit

To learn more about the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation work in the community, visit

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RELEASE: Hockey Helps Kids launches fifth season

Three-time champion Nugent-Hopkins returns as team captain along with Draisaitl, Nurse, Khaira for the 2019-20 season

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EDMONTON, AB - Today, 400 junior high students gathered at Westminster School to officially launch the fifth season of Hockey Helps Kids Charity Cup Challenge. Joined by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse and Jujhar Khaira, four Edmonton schools are in for what promises to be another fun and high-spirited competition.

Since 2015, Hockey Helps Kids brings together local schools, charities and the Edmonton Oilers to raise funds for local non-profit organizations and engage youth in a friendly competition for a cause. The winning team receives $25,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. The four schools participating in the Charity Cup Challenge this year are Balwin School, Allendale School, Westminster School and Hillcrest School, and they have teamed up with the four Oilers players who will serve as team captains.

Teams for the 2019-20 season:

Team Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Balwin School
Team Leon Draisaitl - Allendale School
Team Darnell Nurse - Westminster School
Team Jujhar Khaira - Hillcrest School

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The Winning 50/50 Ticket from the Backstreet Boys Concert, #112961C for $13,902.50 has not yet been claimed.

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The winning 50/50 ticket from the Backstreet Boys concert, #112961C for $13,902.50 has not yet been claimed.

Be sure to check if you are a winner! You have until 4:00PM, Monday July 29 to claim your prize at the OEG Head Office (300-10214 104 Ave NW).

Any questions, call 780-414-4625.

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RELEASE: Oilers Foundation donates $4.3 million to community

Sets new EOCF record for donations to initiatives in Northern Alberta

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EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is celebrating a record $4.3 million reinvestment in the Northern Alberta community, following an exceptional 2018-19 season of activity, bringing their donation total since 2001 to more than $40 million.

With a focus on philanthropic leadership in health and wellness, education and minor hockey for youth across Oil Country, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is dedicated to helping eradicate social issues while finding long-term solutions to build strong, vibrant and safe communities.

Thanks to the generosity of our valued hockey fans, Oilers players, the EOCF Board of Directors, Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) employees and the Katz Family, the Foundation is excited to announce its strongest gifting year on record.

Video: COMMUNITY | EOCF donates 4.3 mil

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RELEASE: WE Day Alberta returns to Rogers Place For 2019

Over 16,000 students and teachers will attend the event in Edmonton on October 22.

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After a successful inaugural year, Rogers Place will again host over 16,000 students and educators for WE Day Alberta for the second consecutive year on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

WE Day is an unparalleled celebration of young people committed to making a difference and the world's largest youth empowerment event of its kind. WE Day Alberta will provide a powerful, life-changing experience featuring renowned speakers, innovative thought leaders and celebrity performers. More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the free, yearlong educational program WE Schools. Providing schools and community groups with curriculum, educational resources and service-based learning campaigns, the program is designed to enhance a school's existing social initiatives and spark new ones. WE Schools encourages students to further their curricular learning and develop life skills for success outside the classroom.

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Hockey Helps the Homeless event has record year in Edmonton

Oilers Alumni, volunteers and participants help make this year's event the best yet with $230,000 raised

by Jessica Kent /

As Canadians, there are many things that unite us coast to coast. The game of hockey is one of them. Whether you play it, watch it, or live for it, hockey keeps us warm on those bitter-cold winter nights, and for the past two decades, hockey has been helping the homeless.

"In Canada hockey is the game and anytime you can lace up your skates and head out on the rink with two guys who played in the NHL, whether it be our alumni or others for charity, it's a winning combo," said Ron Low, Oilers Alumni and Honorary Chair for Hockey Helps the Homeless. 

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RELEASE: Hockey Helps Kids announces fifth NHL season

Four schools will compete in the Charity Cup Challenge for 2019-20

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EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) announced today the return of Hockey Helps Kids for a fifth year as a key program for the Edmonton Oilers 2019-20 National Hockey League (NHL) season. This exciting philanthropic initiative brings together local junior high schools, charities and the Edmonton Oilers to give youth a chance to learn about being active, contributing members in their communities, while generating awareness and funds for a variety of local charities.

A Hockey Helps Kids panel, which included past student and teacher participants from Sister Annata Brockman, Killarney and S. Bruce Smith schools, EOCF staff and Hockey Helps Kids Educational Consultant Sandra Woitas, vetted submissions from schools across Edmonton. After a rigorous review, four schools were selected to participate. Congratulations to Allendale, Balwin, Hillcrest and Westminster Junior High Schools for being chosen to compete in the Hockey Helps Kids Charity Cup Challenge for the 2019-20 season.

"At Westminster Junior High, we are a community-focused culture that embraces stewardship and service to others," said Shauna Paul, principal at Westminster Junior High. "Our school is looking forward to participating in Hockey Helps Kids as a way to provide our students with a unique opportunity to make positive change in our city by using their voices to advocate for the things they care about."

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RELEASE: EOCF pledges $1 million to Royal Alexandra Hospital

The donation over five years to support purchasing a Positron Emission Tomography and Computed Tomography (PET/CT) Scanner

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EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) announced today a $1 million donation over five years to the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation to purchase a Positron Emission Tomography and Computed Tomography (PET/CT) Scanner.

A PET/CT Scanner allows physicians and care teams to detect, diagnose, stage and treat diverse forms of cancer and a wide range of diseases that affect people of all ages and backgrounds. This will be Canada's highest resolution digital PET/CT system, which will be used as a leading-edge diagnostic tool within the Alberta Health Services system and have a remarkable impact on the advance of healthcare in Edmonton, and central and northern Alberta.  

Video: COMMUNITY | Royal Alex Donation

"It is with tremendous gratitude the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation accepts this incredible gift from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation," said Andrew Otway, President and CEO of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation. "The PET/CT Scanner will provide vital information to our physicians, giving them the ability to pinpoint and identify disease in its earliest stages - often before symptoms are present. The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation's generous donation allows us to complete our fundraising campaign, meaning patients will soon have the right care, at the right time, right here at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Our clinician researchers are excited about the research opportunities the PET/CT affords, including concussion and neurological disorders."

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RELEASE: OEG Wins 2019 Diversity Award from Diversity Magazine

The award is given out to Alberta organizations that have made a significant improvement in diversity and inclusion in their community

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EDMONTON, AB - We are proud to announce that Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) has won a 2019 Diversity Award for Organizational Diversity from Diversity Magazine.

The award is given out to Alberta organizations that have made a significant improvement in diversity and inclusion in their community.

OEG is dedicated to supporting diversity and inclusion within our organization and is a leader in this area within our larger community of Edmonton and the sports and entertainment industry. From our hiring practices and inclusive work environment, to participating in Hockey Is For Everyone and promoting diversity in the sport of hockey, and ensuring accessibility is at the heart of OEG operations, we recognize that diversity makes our company and our community stronger.

Oilers Entertainment Group will continue to champion and celebrate diversity and inclusion in our workplace and in the community in the coming years.

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