The Senators will host the fifth annual Canadian Forces Appreciation Night for more than 2,250 Canadian Forces members and their families, thanks to the generosity of CF supporters and Senators fans. More than 1,600 tickets were provided through the CF Appreciation Night supporters and another 650 were received from the Ottawa Senators Tickets for Troops campaign.
“Each year, our Senators family looks forward to this special game where we have the opportunity, along with our fans, to salute and honour our Canadian Forces and their families,” said Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators and Scotiabank Place. “The courage and dedication of our soldiers remind us each and every day how proud and fortunate we are to be Canadian.”
“On behalf of all the men and women who proudly wear the uniform of Canadian Forces and for their families, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Ottawa Senators organization, their fans and corporate sponsors," said General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. "With thousands of men and women deployed around the world protecting Canada and Canadian interests, and for all those deployed protecting our sovereignty at home, the generosity shown by supporters for this tribute game is tremendously appreciated."
Pre-game activities: The game opens with the Canadian and American national anthems sung by O.P.P. Constable Lyndon Slewidge, accompanied by 20 members of the Canadian Forces Central Band and Flag Party. Ottawa Senators president and CEO Roy Mlakar will be joined for the ceremonial face-off by CDS Natynczyk and three children representing their parents, who have been deployed overseas.
In-game activities: Throughout the game, the videoboard will show messages from members of HMCS Ottawa and Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. The Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency (CFPSA) will operate a kiosk on the arena’s 200 level, selling Support our Troops merchandise.
In the first intermission, four Canadian Forces families will participate in a face-off competition. During the second intermission, nine Canadian Forces hockey players from the army, navy and air force will compete in the Hockey Country Showdown skills competition.
In the second period of the game, six students from Algonquin College, who will receive the first bursaries from the Military Families Fund – Sens Foundation Endowment, will be introduced. In January 2008, the Sens Foundation, in partnership with gold-level supporters of the fourth annual Canadian Forces Appreciation Night and the Military Family Fund established an endowment fund that provides scholarships, so Canadian Forces members and their families can attend one of the three Algonquin College campuses in Ontario.
A force united in our community: Through Nov. 28, Scotiabank, a gold-level supporter of the fifth annual Canadian Forces Appreciation Night, is running a campaign in their branches across the country to collect donations for the Military Families Fund – Sens Foundation Endowment. All donations received will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Government of Ontario. To donate, stop by any Scotiabank branch or visit: www.sensfoundation.com.
Red gear, ribbons and T-shirts: All fans in attendance at the game are encouraged to wear red in support of the troops, while all Senators players will be sporting a Support our Troops ribbon on their helmets. The Sens Store at Scotiabank Place will also be selling specially produced camouflage T-shirts for $20, with $10 donated to the Military Families Fund.
Canadian Forces: Canadian Forces members are proud to serve Canada by defending its values, interests and sovereignty at home and abroad. The Ticket for Troops program honours Canadian Forces members for their dedication towards our country. More than 3,000 Canadian soldiers, sailors and air force personnel are deployed overseas on operational missions. On any given day, about 8,000 Canadian Forces members one third of its deployable force are preparing for, engage in or are returning from an overseas mission.
Corporate supporters: Fifth annual Canadian Forces Appreciation Night gold-level supporters include Scotiabank, Raytheon, The Boeing Company, Top Aces, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin Canada, Thales Canada, Bombardier, Fujitsu Consulting, Algonquin College and EDS Canada. Silver-level supporters include Navistar, IBM, Microsoft Canada, BURA Solutions, and EMC (2). Bronce-level supporters are CMC Electronics Nasittuq, DRS Technologies, Curtiss Wright, Oracle and ADGA.