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Legwand Supports "Right To Play"

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
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 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 www.ebay.com/righttoplay. 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 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 righttoplay.ca or righttoplayusa.org. 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.

NHL Team     Player                 Role Model                           Donation Game
Anaheim            Steve Montador        Gisele Bourgeois                            Feb. 28 at Dallas
                            Chris Pronger          Ollie Bon Jovi / Hummer                Feb. 28 at Dallas

Atlanta                Garnet Exelby           Jude Boulianne                               Feb. 28 vs. Carolina
Boston               Zdeno Chara            Zdenek Chara                                  Feb. 28 vs. Washington
                            Andrew Ference      Brent Peterson                                 Feb. 28 vs. Washington

Calgary              Robyn Regehr          All minor hockey coaches              Feb. 27 vs. Minnesota
Chicago             Jonathan Toews      Thom Gross                                     Feb. 27 vs. Pittsburgh
Columbus         Manny Malhotra        Scott Sones/Rob Honighan          March 1 at Vancouver
Dallas                Marty Turco               Mike Zuke                                          Feb. 28 vs. Anaheim
Edmonton         Ethan Moreau           Ab Moreau                                         Feb. 28 vs. Minnesota
Florida               Jay Bouwmeester   Dan Bouwmeester                          Feb. 28 at New Jersey
                            Greg Campbell        All minor hockey coaches              Feb. 28 at New Jersey

Los Angeles     Anze Kopitar             Matjaz Kopitar                                   Feb. 27 at Detroit
Minnesota         Nick Schultz              Robert Schultz                                  Feb. 27 at Calgary
Montreal            Mike Komisarek       Aleksey Nikiforov                             Feb. 28 vs. San Jose
Nashville           David Legwand        Dave and Carole Legwand           Feb. 28 vs. Detroit
NY Islanders    Josh Bailey               Mickey Renaud                                Feb. 28 vs. Buffalo
NY Rangers      Wade Redden          Pat Redden                                      Feb. 28 vs. Colorado
Ottawa               Daniel Alfredsson   Hasse Alfredsson                           Feb. 28 vs. Toronto
Philadelphia     Mike Richards          Mark Richards/Matt Richards        Feb. 27 vs. Montreal
Phoenix             Steve Reinprecht     All minor hockey coaches              Feb 28 vs. St. Louis
Pittsburgh         Eric Godard              Bill Higgins                                       Feb. 27 at Chicago
San Jose           Joe Thornton            Brian Muscat                                    Feb. 28 at Montreal
St. Louis            Andy McDonald        All minor hockey coaches              Feb. 28 at Phoenix
Tampa Bay       Matt Pettinger           Allan Neale                                       Feb. 27 at Vancouver
Toronto              Dominic Moore        Brad Selwood                                  Feb. 28 at Ottawa
Vancouver         Kevin Bieksa            Scott Jess                                         Feb. 27 vs. Tampa Bay
Washington      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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