The Townsend Tigers were once again the winners over the Calgary Flames during the 38th annual wheelchair hockey game at Gordon Townsend School in the Alberta Children’s Hospital on Thursday afternoon.
The undefeated Tigers took a commanding lead early on and never looked back as they dominated their hockey heroes 25-2. Even with a lineup that included, Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan the Flames couldn’t beat the wall-like defense and lightning-fast offence of the Tigers.
The Flames versus Tigers tradition began in 1980 and despite their defeats in the gym, the Flames are still winners at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. At the conclusion of the game, the championship trophy was presented to the Tigers followed by the kids being invited to stay and meet the players during a private autograph session. Plans are already underway for the 2019 game with both teams vowing to train even harder! And while some Flames players battled the Tigers on Thursday, others participated in arts and crafts with hospital patients and were able to make room visits and sign autographs.
About the Calgary Flames Foundation
The Calgary Flames Foundation strives to improve the lives of southern Albertans through the support of health and wellness, education, and amateur and grassroots sports initiatives. Since inception, the Calgary Flames Foundation has invested over $32 million back into Southern Alberta through various charities and projects. We fund ongoing commitments to our community including the recent $2.0 million donation to Calgary Minor Hockey to help fund programs like the Flames Even Strength, assistance for families who cannot afford registration fees, as well as the $1.0 million donation to the Rotary Flames House, a hospice for families who have children with life-limiting illnesses.
About the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation
The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation inspires our community to invest in excellence in child health, research and family centred care. Through the generosity of donors, the Foundation provides funding for innovative programs, state-of-the-art equipment, advanced medical training and internationally-recognized pediatric research. For more information, follow the Foundation on Facebook at Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and on Twitter at @ACHFKids or visit childrenshospital.ab.ca.