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Through active community and player relations the Calgary Flames continue to endeavour, to develop and implement impactful and high profile community relations programs while establishing relationships with schools, youth sports, minor hockey and other charitable foundations.

While the Flames team programs continue to give back to the community, many Flames players also have personal commitments to charities and initiatives of their choosing. The players listed below have taken on additional personal commitments.


Mikael Backlund
ALS Society of Alberta & Kids Cancer Care Foundation

This season, Mikael Backlund has chosen to align himself with the ALS Society of Alberta, an organization near to him and his girlfriend’s hearts. Backlund will donate $200 for every point earned to the ALS Society of Alberta and will act as a spokesperson for the organization, attending events and promoting their cause.

Backlund also has a close relationship with the Kids Cancer Care Foundation and will continue to support them by donating tickets to games followed by a meet and greet with Backlund and by attending various events.
KPMG donates $100 per point accumulated by both Backlund and Stajan and direct the funds to the charities they support.

Sven Baertschi
Hockey HEROS

Sven Baertschi has signed up to become the Ambassador for Hockey HEROS , a program that allows underprivileged 6- to 18-year-olds play hockey. The organization also mentors the youth, prepares them for college and university and becomes a safe community for the kids. Baertschi will lend his time in attending practices where he can speak to them about respect on and off the ice, as well as the importance of getting an education and going after their dreams. He will also donate tickets to the kids and have them visit him after a game.

TJ Brodie
Cystic Fibrosis

TJ Brodie has aligned with Cystic Fibrosis Canada for his new program, TJ Brodie – Skate in Strides. Brodie has created custom skate guards for sale at Fanattic stores and on-line. These skate guards will be sold for $20. The proceeds will be directed to Cystic Fibrosis Canada and Brodie will match those proceeds. The Flames Foundation for Life matches all player program donations making the total donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada for each pair of skate guards sold, $30. Brodie is also a huge advocate for organ donation and urges everyone to register as an organ donor.

Carstars Automotive is the presenting sponsor and generously covers the cost of the guards as well as promotes the program and sells the guards in their Southern Alberta locations.

Joe Colborne
Colborne's Forces

Joe Colborne has created Colborne’s Forces Presented by Packer’s Plus. Colborne donates a pair of season’s tickets to a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. Each game the member and his guest will receive tickets to the game and following the game they will receive a dressing room tour from Joe Colborne and an autograph. At 12 of the games, the member of the Canadian Armed Forces will be saluted by fans on our jumbotron thanks to Packer’s Plus.

Mark Giordano
Team Gio Project

Mark Giordano has created a new initiative to kick off the season. Giordano and his wife Lauren have created the Team Gio project where they have selected three Calgary schools to receive funding over the next three years from the Giordano’s and matched by the Flames Foundation for Life.

Through this funding, the schools will not only receive items such as new gym equipment or computers but they will also receive visits and mentorship form Giordano and Lauren. Giordano will organize floor hockey games and visits to Flames practices.

The kids will also receive a Gio journal where they can learn about setting goals and track different accomplishments that works towards being the best they can be.

Curtis Glencross
Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock event

Curtis Glencross hosts the Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event in Red Deer, Alberta each August. This year, marked this third annual Poker tournament and roughstock rodeo event. Glencross, his family, and friends organize all aspects of the event and have raised more than $750,000 over the past three years.

Funds raised at the event are directed toward the Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta and Minor Hockey.

Matt Stajan
Alberta Children’s Hospital

Matt Stajan is the Flames Ambassador for the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Stajan also donates a set of season’s tickets to the hospital to distribute to patients, families and volunteers. Stajan and his wife Katie also attend various events and volunteer with the hospital.

This season, Stajan and Katie have created a Foundation in memory of their son. For each point Stajan collects over the season, he will donate $200 to the Emerson Stajan Foundation which will benefit the NICU at the Foothills Hospital and to the Alberta Children’s Hospital. They are also planning their first annual event, An Evening under the Stars Charity Gala in January to raise funds for the Emerson Stajan Foundation.