OTTAWA - Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators and Scotiabank Place, announced today that for the eighth consecutive season since taking ownership of the club, the Senators will honour the Canadian Forces on Saturday, Nov. 5, when the Buffalo Sabres visit Ottawa.
The Senators will host the eighth annual Canadian Forces Appreciation Night for more than 3,300 Canadian Forces members and their families. Canadian Forces Appreciation Night corporate supporters provided more than 2,800 tickets and another 500 were received from the Ottawa Senators Tickets for Troops campaign and Ottawa Senators Sports & Entertainment employees.
“I had the unique honour of travelling to Afghanistan in 2007 to witness first-hand the commitment of our Canadian Forces. I am deeply proud to be Canadian, in large part, because of the tremendous contributions and sacrifices these soldiers make to advance global peace and democracy. Without a doubt, these are men and women of courage and honour,” said Melnyk. “It is a special evening for all of us at the Senators, when we can dedicate a home game to pay tribute to our special friends of the Canadian Forces."
“For the eighth season in a row, the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club has gone above and beyond to show Ottawa and the rest of the country how much it supports the men and women of the Canadian Forces and their families," said Gen. Walter Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. "With over 3,000 tickets being given to our families for this game, I am once again astounded by this generous gesture here in the nation's capital. I really want to thank all the folks who make these games a reality and, just as importantly, all those who will come out to see the game to show support for their Canadian Forces, Canada's home team."
In January 2008, the Sens Foundation, in partnership with corporate supporters of Canadian Forces Appreciation Night and the Military Families Fund, established an endowment fund that enables Canadian Forces members and military family members to attend one of the three Algonquin College campuses in Ontario. In partnership with CF Appreciation Night corporate supporters and the Province of Ontario, the Sens Foundation has raised $666,366 for the Sens Foundation/Military Families Fund Endowment. This fund has awarded 56 bursaries to deserving students who want to further their educational pursuits.
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Danielle Robinson, president of the Sens Foundation, will present Gen. Natynczyk and Robert Gillett, president of Algonquin College, a cheque for $50,000 for the Military Families Fund (Sens Foundation Endowment) on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. in the Coliseum rooms (located at lower level Gate 2 inside Scotiabank Place). Remarks are scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m.
PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES: In honour of the Canadian Forces Appreciation Night, Canadian flags will be handed out to all fans entering Scotiabank Place. Senators players will be wearing camouflage warm-up jerseys that will later be auctioned via http://www.meigray.com/, with proceeds being donated to the Military Family Fund.
The Canadian and American national anthems will be performed by Capt. Martin Teft. Senators president Cyril Leeder will be joined for the ceremonial faceoff by Gen. Natynczyk and two experienced members of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command.
IN-GAME ACTIVITIES: The Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency will operate a kiosk on the arena’s 200 level, selling Support Our Troops merchandise.
During the intermissions, Petawawa Timbits teams will participate in a hockey faceoff. During the second intermission, a Canadian Forces member will participate in an on-ice treasure hunt. During the second period of the game, one student from the Military Families Fund Endowment will be introduced.
POST GAME: A post-game photo on the ice will include players, coaches, hockey department staff and Canadian Force members.
IN OUR COMMUNITY: Scotiabank, a gold-level supporter of the eighth annual Canadian Forces Appreciation Night and the Military Families Fund – Sens Foundation Endowment, will collect donations in its eastern Ontario branches until Nov. 30. To make a donation, fans can visit any local Scotiabank branch or www.sensfoundation.com .
RED GEAR, RIBBONS AND T-SHIRTS: Fans attending Saturday’s game are being encouraged to wear red in support of the troops, while Senators players will be sporting a Support Our Troops ribbon on their helmets. The Sens Store at Scotiabank Place will be selling specially produced camouflage replica jerseys for $119.99, camouflage T-shirts for $24.99 and pucks for $14.99. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Military Family Fund.
CANADIAN FORCES: The Tickets for Troops program honours Canadian Forces members for their dedication to 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, engaged in or are returning from an overseas mission.
CORPORATE SUPPORTERS: Corporate supporters include Algonquin College, Boeing Canada, Scotiabank, Thales Systems, Lockheed Martin, Irving Ships, Via Rail, IBM, Oracle, Logistik Unicorp, Microsoft, Discovery Air, Air Canada, Gallium, Northern Micro, Curtiss Wright, Nasittuq, DEW Engineering, ADGA, H&K, DRS, General Dynamics, CMC Electronics and Davie Canada.
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