The American Hockey League announced Tuesday that the league and its member clubs raised over $5.7 million for various charitable causes and relief funds throughout North America during the 2016-17 season.
Additionally, AHL teams gave back to their communities through over 1,000 player and coach appearances, over 2,800 mascot appearances and ticket donations.
The Marlies are proud to participate in a number of community initiatives and work to support organizations in the Greater Toronto Area.
This spring, Marlies players visited The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), for an opportunity to meet patients and engage in a number of activities including air hockey, video games, arts and crafts and more. Additionally, Marlies Star Wars Night in January supported SickKids.
The Marlies are also proud partners with YouthSpeak, a Toronto-based organization that contributes to the mental and social well-being of youth. Marlies players visit schools in the Greater Toronto Area to present at assemblies to build awareness of bullying, mental health and addiction problems and spread positive messages on resilience, empowerment and character.
Three School Day games hosted throughout the year raised money for the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, Children’s Wish Foundation and The Angel Foundation for Learning and, in partnership with Humber College, our March 26 game generated over $30,000 in support of Camp Oochigeas to help deliver camp experiences for kids with and affected by childhood cancer.
Throughout the season, the Marlies also teamed up with Canadian Blood Services during our annual Superhero Game, joined in the Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation’s Camp Day and participated in a number of events and initiatives throughout the Greater Toronto Area to support both local and national charitable organizations.