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Lion's Dens

FOX61 – Hartford, May 23, 2017 - Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Lion’s Den playroom Tuesday as patients were already enjoying the activities inside. In a hospital that can sometimes house sadness and pain, the new playroom offers a lot of brightness and a burst of color.
In conjunction with the 2017 Bridgestone Winter Classic Game, the National Hockey League partnered with the Companions in Courage Foundation to leave a special legacy gift to the pediatric patients at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Pat LaFontaine was joined by Blues legend Brett Hull and current Blues players Alex Pietrangelo and Robert Bortuzzi to open the Lion’s Den Room on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.
The HackensackUMC Foundation was proud to officially open the “Lion’s Den” at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital on Monday, June 22, 2015. This interactive playroom was made possible by a donation from the Sohn Conference Foundation.  Through the use of innovative communications tools, these playrooms allow patients to be connected with family, friends and even celebrities during their hospital stay.
The 17th Lion’s Den Room was opened at Cohen Children's Medical Center at North Shore LIJ on Long Island on Friday, April 12, 2013. The room was donated by Billie & George Ross and their family. Members of the New York Islanders Alumni joined Pat LaFontaine for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The CiC Foundation opened their latest Lion’s Den Room at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai in New York City on September 13, 2012. The room features 3 computer stations, 3 Xbox gaming stations, and a large screen TV to watch movies.

The CiC Foundation opened the first Lion’s Den Room in New Jersey at Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ on June 21, 2012. The room features 4 computer stations, 3 Xbox gaming stations, a large screen TV to watch movies and a semi-private video conference pod.

In conjunction with the 2012 NHL All Star Game in Ottawa, the CiC Foundation opened a Lion's Den Room at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The group also provided a mobile XBox Kiosk and large screen TV to Roger's House, an 8-bed hospice center that adjoins the hospital. Presenting sponsors included the NHL Foundation, the Ottawa Senators Foundation and Cisco Systems.
The second Lion's Den based in a Canadian hospital was opened at Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary in October 2011. The room was built in conjunction with the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic. The first Lion's Den based in a Canadian hospital opened in 2009 at CHU Sainte Justine in Montreal.
An 'NHL Legacy Classroom' Lion's Den opened at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in August 2011. The room was built in conjunction with the 2011 NHL Winter Classic.
The inaugural 'NHL Legacy Classroom' Lion's Den opened at North Carolina Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill on January 28, 2011, in conjunction with the 2011 NHL All Star Game.
Madeline Bell, EVP and COO of the hospital and Michele Lloyd, SVP of Family Services welcomed Brent, Kelly and Caroline Asplundh to the special Lion's Den room they donated to the children of CHOP. Hospital patients immediately began utilizing the room's four XBox 360 stations, three PC's with a printer and large flat panel TV.
Pat LaFontaine welcomed NHL Executive Vice President of Marketing Brian Jennings; NHL Vice President of Community and Diversity Programming Kenneth Martin, Jr.; Actor, Writer and Producer of “Rescue Me” Denis Leary; Vice President of the Bruins Cam Neely; former NHL star Steve Webb and Executive Director of the Cam Neely Foundation Scott Neely to the opening. Patients immediately poured in to the den and began playing video games and logging on to the computers.
The room was officially opened on Halloween 2008 as a real "treat" to the children of Panama City. Pat LaFontaine joined Fraser and several elite Ironmen triathletes as they welcomed the first patients into the room. Several existing Lion's Den rooms welcomed their new friends during a live WebEx video conference session during the opening ceremony.
In conjunction with their 2009 All Star Game the National Hockey League, the NHL Players Association and Montreal Canadiens decided to leave a legacy gift to the children of Montreal. The inaugural Lion’s Den Room in Canada opened at the Sainte-Justine University Children’s Hospital on Friday, January 23rd.
The room is built almost exclusively of DuPont’s Corian® and features 4 XBox 360s, 5 PCs, a large screen TV and a semi-private video conference pod. The club’s owner, Wayne Weaver; coach, Jack Del Rio and players Marcedes Lewis, Tony Pashos and Greg Jones participated in the opening ceremony.
The room is the first to be built almost exclusively of DuPont’s Corian® and features 2 XBox 360s, 2 PCs and a large screen TV unit. Titcomb’s parents joined Kevin Lawlor, president of the hospital, Gillies and LaFontaine for the ribbon-cutting on June 9, 2008.
Several local sponsors including Carly's Club and the Buffalo Sabres contributed to the new room and representatives were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony on November 13, 2007.

The room has three XBox 360 stations, four PCs, a Video Conference pod and a Windows Media Center with a flat panel TV.
Monica and Jerry Wood (executive at Morgan Stanley) were the primary benefactors for the room which opened on September 5, 2007.

The room is located in a space that overlooks the hospital’s magnificent indoor Wintergarden plaza in which concerts, performances, and special events are regularly held for patients, families and visitors. This theatre can serve as a broadcast center for all other Lion’s Den rooms on the network.

Heather and Tom Golisano (owner of Paychex and  the Buffalo Sabres) were the primary benefactors for the room and they attended the ribbon - cutting ceremony on August 29, 2005.

Billie and George Ross (of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice”) were the primary benefactors for the inaugural Lion's Den and they attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 24, 2005.


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