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“NHL Legacy Classroom” at Alberta Children's in Calgary

CALGARY (February 17, 2011) – The National Hockey League (NHL), the Calgary Flames and Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine and his Companions in Courage charity today announced plans to donate a new, state-of-the-art “NHL Legacy Classroom” at Alberta Children’s Hospital to commemorate the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™.  The classroom is expected to be operational by April 2011.


The “NHL Legacy Classroom” will feature Cisco System’s online conferencing system, WebEx (http://www.webex.com), which allows young patients to connect to family, friends, schools and teachers anywhere in the world during a hospital stay. Patients are also able to connect to other “NHL Legacy Classrooms” through WebEx for a collaborative learning experience during school hours and for fun, interactive games and other activities after school hours.


The NHL Heritage Classic and Calgary Flames-themed “NHL Legacy Classroom” at Alberta Children’s Hospital also features a SMART Board and a SMART Table, tools that stimulate collaboration among students and enable students and teachers to connect to other schools or “classrooms” via the room’s video conferencing capabilities. The SMART Board and SMART Table were provided by SMART Technologies.


 “The NHL is proud to continue its ongoing philanthropic efforts with a legacy gift supporting the Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic. On behalf of the NHL family we proudly leave this gift for the young patients and their families at Alberta Children’s Hospital,” said Ken Martin, Jr., NHL Vice President of Community Affairs. 


 “The Heritage Classic is a way for the NHL to celebrate its glorious past.  We are so proud to be able to be a part of this legacy gift to the children of Alberta that celebrates its future,” said LaFontaine.


“The Alberta Children’s Hospital is a Southern Alberta jewel providing unparalleled care for all young people in need of its services”, said Flames President & CEO Ken King. “The Calgary Flames organization is proud to partner with the NHL in the creation of this unique legacy.”


We are incredibly grateful to the NHL, Companions in Courage, the Calgary Flames, Cisco Systems, and SMART Technologies for recognizing how important school is for children in hospital,” says Saifa Koonar, President and CEO, the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation. “The NHL Legacy Classroom will help give kids a great new technology-rich space in which they can keep up their education - focusing on their abilities, instead of their disabilities – and have fun while they’re learning.”


The Legacy Rooms were originally founded by the Companions in Courage Foundation and LaFontaine. The Foundation has now opened 11 Lion's Den rooms throughout North America, including two with the NHL in Montreal and Boston. The NHL unveiled the first fully functional “NHL Legacy Classroom” at North Carolina Children’s Hospital to commemorate the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend in January.  Plans for an "NHL Legacy Classroom" in Pittsburgh were unveiled during the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic to commemorate the outdoor game.


About the National Hockey League

The National Hockey League, founded in 1917, is the second-oldest of the four major professional team sports leagues in North America. Today, the NHL consists of 30 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup, with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters. According to a Simmons Market Research study,  NHL fans are younger,  more  educated, more affluent, and access content through digital means more than any other major professional sport. The NHL entertains more than  250  million  fans  each  season in-arena and through its partners in national television (VERSUS, NBC, TSN, CBC, RDS, RIS, ESPN America, ASN and NHL  Network™)  and  radio  (NHL  Radio™,  Sirius XM Satellite Radio and XM Canada) . Through the NHL Foundation, the League’s charitable arm, the NHL raises  money  and  awareness  for  Hockey  Fights  Cancer™  and  NHL Youth Development,  and  supports the charitable efforts of NHL players. For more information on the NHL, log on to NHL.com.


About the Companions in Courage Foundation

The Companions in Courage Foundation was founded by NHL Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine as a response to the inspiration he derived while visiting children in hospitals during his 15-year career. The organization builds interactive rooms and distributes mobile XBox kiosks in children’s hospitals throughout North America. Through innovative communications tools, these rooms and kiosks replace the isolation of a hospital with a connection to family, friends, classmates and celebrities during their hospital stay. For more information, visit www.CiC16.org.


About Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation

The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation raises funds for excellence in child health and family centred care. Through the generosity of donors, the Foundation provides funding for innovative family centred programs, state of the art equipment, advanced medical training and internationally recognized pediatric research.


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