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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
Kids Cancer Care Foundation

Mikael Backlund donates $150 for each point he earns during the season. He is also a huge advocate for the organization and donated time to organize floor hockey games, be a spokesperson in commercials and videos, donates tickets so groups of youth can come to games and meet him. This is his third season involved in the organization and his participation grows each year. Backlund recently lost his best friend to cancer this summer and since then has a drive to become a cancer advocate.

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.

T.J. Brodie
Cystic Fibrosis

T.J. Brodie has asked to start an initiative with Cystic Fibrosis this season as his close cousin suffers from the disease and has already undergone a double lung transplant. We are in the initial planning stages of the program but are looking to develop skate guards that would be sold in FanAttic stores as well as online. The program is called, T.J. Brodie: Skate in Strides for Cystic Fibrosis. The gaurds would have #7 on them to represent T.J. as well as the Flames and Cystic Fibrosis logo’s. Money raised from the guards would be donated to the cause and T.J. would donate a percentage of the sales that are also matched by the Flames Foundation for Life. T.J. will also promote the importance of becoming an organ donor and would like to use his cousins story to relay the importance.

Chris Butler
Big Brothers Big Sisters

Chris Butler is an ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters Calgary. He speaks on The Fan 960 about being involved in the program as well as attends events and school visits to meet with children and help mentor them. Butler also donates two game tickets every two weeks to a “Big” and their “Little”. Following the game, the pair comes down to the Flames dressing room area to meet Butler and get an autograph.

Mark Giordano
Habitat for Humanity

Mark Giordano is a spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity and appears in many of the organizations communication materials. He and his wife Lauren are chairs on the board of the Habitat for Humanity ‘5 for 5’ initiative which raises funds for the construction of five homes in five different countries. Giordano donates $25,000 to the program each year. Giordano is also one of the faces of the Flames and Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation’s Reading . . . Give it a Shot! program.

Curtis Glencross
Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock event

Glencross has partnered with the Gord Bamford Foundation which offers underprivileged youth and single parent families in Canada an equal opportunity in life by providing funds to support education, healthcare and music. Glencross also held the second annual Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock event raising over $180,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta and Hockey Alberta. The two-day event saw a poker tournament as well as a rodeo held at Daines Rodeo Grounds.

Derek Smith
Special Olympics

Derek Smith has jumped on board to be the Special Olympics ambassador this year. Smith will be involved in the program by participating and assisting in coaching floor hockey games with the athletes. In addition to dedicating his time, he will also host groups of athletes to Flames games so they are able to attend as a team. The group of roughly 10 athletes will then get to go downstairs following the game to meet Smith and collect autographs.

Matt Stajan
Alberta Children’s Hospital

Matt Stajan is a spokesperson for the Alberta Children’s Hospital. The Flames forward donated a set of season tickets to youth receiving care at the hospital and will participate in the hospital’s fundraising activities and events.