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Stars announce plans for Hockey Is For Everyone

The initiative reaffirms the game's official policy of inclusion on the ice, in the locker rooms and in the stands

by Press Release @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars will celebrate Hockey Is For Everyone during the month of February, in coordination with the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association. 

Hockey Is For Everyone reaffirms that the official policy of the game is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the stands. The NHL and Dallas Stars support any teammate, coach or fan who brings heart, energy and passion to the rink and believe all hockey programs - from professionals to youth organizations - should provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. Simply put, Hockey Is For Everyone.

As part of the Hockey Is For Everyone initiative, each NHL team has partnered with different organizations which support humanitarian work which positively impacts a diverse, marginalized or underserved population. Stars defenseman John Klingberg  will serve as the Dallas Stars team ambassador.

As part of his work through Klinger's Kids presented by Levitz Mattress, the program helps children affected by life-threatening illnesses. Parents or friends and family who know a child (age 0-18) with cancer or a life-threatening illness -- i.e., a progressive, degenerative, or malignant condition that may jeopardize the child's life -- were invited to apply to be part of the program. Recipients are invited to watch morning skate and receive a tour of the locker room from Klingberg. 

Video: Klingberg giving back through new children's program

On Feb. 19 against the Nashville Predators, the Stars will host You Can Play Night. Members of the team will tape their sticks with Pride-themed hockey tape during the warm-ups. Select autographed sticks will be auctioned off online at auctions.nhl.com with proceeds benefiting You Can Play Project. The team will also host a volunteer event at the Resource Center during the month of February. 

On Feb. 21 against the St. Louis Blues, the club will showcase the efforts of Special Olympics Texas to grow the game of hockey in Texas. Representatives from Special Olympics Texas will participate in the ceremonial pre-game puck drop and be recognized throughout the game for their efforts in the community. 

On Feb. 23 against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Stars will host Hockey Day in Texas. The team will celebrate and recognize the success of hockey in the Metroplex and across the Lone Star State. Following the Saturday afternoon contest vs. Carolina, fans are encouraged to attend the annual Boxx Modular Dallas Stars Alumni Game, hosted by the Dallas Stars Alumni Association. The game will begin at approximately 7 p.m. following the Stars game against the Hurricanes. Any ticket to the afternoon game against Carolina serves as admission to the Alumni Game. Proceeds from this year's Alumni Game will benefit Texas Brahmas Coach Casey Smith. Lockheed Martin serves as an additional supporting sponsor for the annual affair.

For more information or to purchase tickets for Hockey Is For Everyone games, please visit DallasStars.com/HIFE.

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