Buffalo hockey players brave frigid temperatures for charity

February 2, 2014 by  

Blowing snow and bitter cold didn’t stop hundreds of Buffalo hockey players from playing for charity.

The players took to the ice to participate in the annual Tim Hortons Backyard Classic on January 25th. There were more than 250 players involved, and they raised over $25,000 for Hasek’s Heroes, a non-profit organization that helps pay for coaching, time on the ice and hockey equipment for underprivileged children.

Doug Allen, the anthem singer for the Buffalo Sabres, got things started Saturday. There were nearly 100 teams involved in the play, which spread over four rinks at Williamsville’s Rose Garden, which is a new venue for the event. The organization known as Hasek’s Heroes is named for Dominic Hasek, a former player for the Sabres. Hasek started the foundation to help local kids.

Saturday’s players included all ages in several divisions: Adult, college, high school, middle school and little mites. Celebrity guests included alumni from the Buffalo Sabres.

Since the tournament is for charity, organizers want the widest response possible, so they might consider working with brochure printers to create a mailer for area-wide distribution. They could describe the aims of Hasek’s Heroes, as well as including information on how to participate. They could also work with a poster printing expert to create suitable posters to display throughout Buffalo close to next year’s event.