The Townsend Tigers were once again the winners over the Calgary Flames during the 39th annual wheelchair hockey game at Gordon Townsend School in the Alberta Children’s Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
The undefeated Tigers took a commanding lead early on and never looked back as they dominated their hockey heroes 13-4. Even with a lineup that included, Matthew Tkachuk and Elias Lindholm 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 2020 game with both teams vowing to train even harder! And, while some Flames players battled the Tigers on Tuesday, 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 and the Rotary Clubs of Calgary donated $2.5 million that helped to build southern Alberta’s first youth hospice. Adjacent to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Rotary Flames House helps families in need of respite and palliative care for their children with medically complex and life-limiting illnesses. The Calgary Flames Foundation continues to support Rotary Flames House on an annual basis and last year announced a $1 million commitment. The Flames continue to build a special relationship with the Alberta Children’s Hospital, which includes special events, numerous individual player visits and ticket donations.
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.