CALGARY -- The president of the Calgary Flames says it's unfair to suggest fans of the hockey team aren't supporting military troops.
Ken King's comments yesterday came a day after Calgary's Military Family Resource Centre revealed only a few season ticket holders had donated seats to 30 soldiers invited to participate in a military appreciation night on Jan. 28.
Centre officials said as of Friday, only three pairs of tickets had come in after the team put out the call a week ago. By comparison, 6,000 Edmonton Oilers fans shelled out tickets for the troops on a similar night in 2007.
However, the Oilers had launched the donation campaign months before.
King suggested Calgary fans might not be aware of the initiative, and is confident tickets will come in to meet the need.
"Our fans are wonderful -- that's never been an issue," said King. "You should not conclude otherwise until we can be clear about whether they have or haven't been contacted effectively."
Corp. Duncan Campbell, who returned from a seven-month mission in Afghanistan last October, is among the lucky few to receive a ticket donated from the public.
"It's such an honour -- it gives you a really good feeling that anybody would want to donate their tickets to any Calgary reservist," he said.