The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association will work together to help kids in need through the 2007 Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids patch program.
During one select home game from January 4 through January13, all players on each of the 30 NHL team rosters will wear a team jersey featuring a special Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation commemorative patch.
After the game, each player will donate his jersey to the 2007 Teammates for Kids On-Line Auction, with proceeds benefiting the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation.
The Sharks game to wear the commemorative patch is January 6 against Columbus and the jerseys will be auctioned off from Feb. 7-21 on nhl.com.
As a result of every player’s involvement, the NHL becomes the first professional sports league to achieve 100% athlete participation in the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation. More than 600 game-worn jerseys will be available for bidding at NHL.com and NHLPA.com.
In November 2005, the National Hockey League Players’ Association and National Hockey League jointly selected the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation as the official children’s charity of the NHL and NHLPA.
The partnership focuses on the Top Shelf Teammates program, a division of the Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation, which contributes financial resources to non-profit organizations that benefit children's health, education and inner-city services. Since its inception, NHL players have donated more than $1.5 million.