The Calgary Flames are pleased to host Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night on Monday, January 22nd, 2018 when the Calgary Flames take on the Buffalo Sabres at the Scotiabank Saddledome. For the 12th consecutive year the Flames will welcome over 400 Canadian Armed Forces members, family members and veterans.
This annual game will honour men and women for their services with the Canadian Armed Forces while raising funds for the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre (CMFRC) and the official charity of the Canadian Armed Forces; Support our Troops. A ceremonial puck drop will take place prior to the game with the Commander of the Canadian Army – Lieutenant General Paul Wyynyk along with two local reservists, Lieutenant (Navy) Anna Kocot and Master Corporal Ashley Holloway (Army).
“This is a very important night for us.” said Ken King, President and CEO, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation. “The commitment, dedication and sacrifice made by those who serve and their families, is what has and continues to make this country great. Thank you to our season ticket holders for their continued support of the Canadian Armed Forces and this initiative.”
The evening will begin with a live on-ice performance from the Regimental Pipes and Drums of the Calgary Highlanders. All Canadian Armed Forces members in uniform will receive a 25% discount at all FanAttic locations at the Scotiabank Saddledome and 10% off cresting, jerseys and memorabilia. Parking fees will also be waived for all military personnel attending the game in uniform.
The team will wear commemorative Canadian Armed Forces jerseys during warmup, which will be auctioned off following the game at www.calgaryflames.com/CAFauction. Limited edition Calgary Flames military caps and apparel will be for sale at FanAttic locations with proceeds to be directed to Support Our Troops and CMFRC. The Calgary Flames Foundation will also donate a portion of the proceeds from the evening’s 50/50 sales.
“It is a great honour for me to represent the sailors, soldiers, airmen and air women of the Canadian Armed Forces at this very special game,” said Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander of the Canadian Army. “To have a show of support like this from the communities we serve is very humbling. It demonstrates to our members and their families how much Canadians truly value their dedication and sacrifice.”
The majority of in-game elements will have a distinct Canadian Armed Forces tie-in. The Support our Troops yellow ribbon decal will be on all Flames players’ helmets as well as all rink boards in honour of those who serve and have served. Following the conclusion of the game uniformed military personnel will be welcomed onto the ice where they will receive the opportunity to have a post-game group photo with the team. Since the start of the Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Game over $100,000 has been directed to Support our Troops and the CMFRC.