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Charities the big losers in hockey dispute

MICHAEL PLATT -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:16 AM ET

Charitable donations worth hundreds of thousands of dollars will be put on ice with the Calgary Flames locked out, the Sun has learned. Sources say the team, which donates more than $500,000 a year to local charities such as the Alberta Children's Hospital and various health organizations, will be unable to maintain that commitment while players are off the job.

The cash, which is funneled through the Flames Foundation and is collected from fundraisers such as golf tournaments and the 50/50 draw held at home games, puts more than $500,000 into the coffers of various city charities.

Ald. Joe Ceci, after learning of the looming shortfall, said the bad news for charities shows a dormant NHL team does more than just deprive fans of hockey.

"Impacts like the Flames Foundation are only recently coming to light," said Ceci, adding there is little chance the city will step in to make up the difference.

"This (lockout) is not positive for the community, and there are victims all over the place."

Fortunate for Calgary, but maybe not the Flames, is that the money paid to the city's Saddledome Foundation as rent on the arena will still be collected.

Because the Flames were forced to assume there would be a season, game days are already booked, and $850,000 will be given to amateur sports in Calgary.


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