The Calgary Flames, in partnership with their charitable arm, the Calgary Flames Foundation, will welcome 30 individuals who are legally blind or visually impaired to the Scotiabank Saddledome tomorrow night in support of the National Hockey League’s “Hockey Is For Everyone” campaign.

Participants from the Alberta Sports and Recreation Association for the Blind (ASRAB) and Canadian Blind Hockey will have the opportunity to learn how to skate and play blind hockey alongside members of the Calgary Flames and Flames Alumni. Featured guests will include current Flames Dougie Hamilton, Matthew Tkachuk and Kris Versteeg as well as Jamie Macoun, Lanny McDonald and Brian McGrattan from the Flames Alumni. In total, 31 past and present Flames will be in attendance to lend their support.

“ASRAB is thrilled to participate with the Calgary Flames on their Hockey Is For Everyone program,” said Linda MacPhail, Executive Director of ASRAB. “We are pleased to be able to offer our partially sighted and blind members the amazing opportunity to learn to skate and try the sport of blind hockey, as well as meet their Flames hockey heroes in person! We know that this experience will make an amazing impression on our children and youth, and they can continue to develop and pursue the skills learned. ASRAB is immensely grateful to the Calgary Flames for offering this occasion to our members, and motivate them to pursue skating, hockey and activity for life.”

“The parasport of Blind Hockey is growing really quickly at all levels across North America,” said Matt Morrow, Executive Director of Canadian Blind Hockey. “From children and youth, to adult beginners, all the way to elite competition – if you are blind or partially sighted, you can play Canada’s national winter sport! With all the support the US NHL teams have provided Blind Hockey through the Hockey Is For Everyone initiative over the last two seasons, it’s fantastic to have the Calgary Flames invite our community to the Saddledome for our very first program involving a Canadian NHL club.”

Every February, the Hockey Is For Everyone initiative reaffirms that the official policy of the sport is one of inclusion on the ice, in the locker rooms and in the stands. Around the hockey community, leagues and teams will celebrate the game’s diversity and commitment to respect for all.

Calgary Flames Hockey Is For Everyone Event
Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
Who: Members of the visually impaired community
Select players from the Calgary Flames and Calgary Flames Alumni
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Parking: Media are asked to enter through LOT D.
Media Availability: Immediately following the event.

About The Alberta Sports and Recreation Association for the Blind:
The Alberta Sports and Recreation Association for the Blind (ASRAB) supports Albertans who are blind or visually impaired to live physically active lives and participate in competitive sports programs. We do this by providing development and competitive sport programs (notably in the Paralympic sport of Goalball), and supporting and encouraging the blind and partially sighted to actively participate in a broad spectrum of sport and recreation programs. For more information: www.asrab.ab.ca

About Canadian Blind Hockey:
Canadian Blind Hockey is a national registered charity that changes the lives of children, youth and adults who are blind or partially sighted by providing Blind Hockey programming including: introductory try-it sessions, development camps, regional and national competitions, and by supporting the Canadian Blind Hockey Teams – including the Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs. For more information: www.canadianblindhockey.ca

The Calgary Flames continue to engage in positive fan development and community investment activities year after year through the hockey club and its charitable arm, the Calgary Flames Foundation.