Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Press Release

The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club is proud to announce their charitable arm, the Calgary Hitmen Foundation donated over $110,000 to local agencies during the 2012-13 season.  The Calgary Hitmen Foundation raises funds for the education of Hitmen players through the scholarship program and in addition distributes funds to a number of areas in support of grassroots and amateur sports, health and wellness initiatives and education.

Through the Calgary Hitmen Foundation 50-50 draw and community programming, this season the team provided funding to the following charitable organizations and educational institutions: Pucks for Paws, Southwood Veterinary Hospital, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Prairies/NWT Region, Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta, Children’s Miracle Network, Rainbow Society of Alberta, Fields for Life, Sylvester Chance To Play, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Distress Centre, Movember, Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Separate School District.

The Calgary Hitmen Foundation was created in part as a resource for Hitmen players of the Western Hockey League to provide post-secondary education support and funding.  In the last five years, 100 players have completed their post-secondary education.  The team has donated approximately a quarter of a million dollars to fund players’ education through this charitable program.  Each year the Hitmen have approximately 20 to 25 former players in schools across the country and occasionally in the United States.  The Calgary Hitmen Foundation also donates to scholarships at both the University of Calgary and SAIT Polytechnic.

For over 15 years the Calgary Hitmen have been giving back to the community through various initiatives. The mission of the Calgary Hitmen Foundation is to contribute to grassroots and amateur sports, promote health and wellness and support education.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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