OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation) is pleased to announce that more than $103,466 was raised by participants during the annual Molson Canadian Sens Alumni & NHL Celebrity Cup hockey tournament presented by Bell which was held earlier today at the Bell Sensplex.
Monies raised will help the Ottawa Senators Foundation continue to break down the barriers to sport and recreation, educate youth about the dangers of substance abuse and ensure that specialized physical and mental healthcare services are available to those who need them most. Thanks to donors, sponsors, and fans, the Foundation was able to reach 53,800 kids with programming support this past year.
“The dollars raised at this event come directly from participants and their networks which is a testament to how much the players and donors believe in the work we’re doing,” said Danielle Robinson, president, and CEO, Ottawa Senators Foundation. “I wish to extend our appreciation to the Sens alumni members, Molson, Bell and all our participants for supporting this event and our mission to be Game Changers for Youth.”
The event featured 22 NHL and Senators alumni members. Participating teams drafted one of Matthew Barnaby, Alexandre Daigle, Brian McGrattan, Chris Neil, André Roy, Billy Smith, Bryan Trottier and Denis Vial for a one-of-a-kind, three-game experience. At the end of tournament play, top individual fundraisers formed an All-Star team and played against the eight drafted players plus Sens Alumni callups Brendan Bell, Laurie Boschman, Denis Hamel, Pascal Leclaire, Chris Phillips, and Brad Smyth. Participants of the event also enjoyed off-ice time with Sens Alumni members Brad Brown, John Chabot, Grant Clitsome, Kent Manderville, Shawn Rivers, Larry Skinner, Rick Smith, and Chris Valentine.
“Molson Coors Canada is proud to be part of the Sens Alumni & NHL Celebrity Cup, to help bring a fun and unique event to our community,” said Martin Ballard, field sales manager, Molson Coors Canada. “We’re big believers in the work the Ottawa Senators Foundation is doing in our community in an effort to provide children with social recreation opportunities and healthcare resources when they need them most.”