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NHL, NHLPA donate $100K to benefit Alberta flood relief efforts

Jul 11, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

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The NHL and NHLPA announced that they will jointly donate $100K to benefit Alberta flood relief efforts by the Canadian Red Cross, according to the Canadian Press.

The Calgary Flames’ Saddledome endured heavy damage from the flooding, prompting the team to make a seemingly bold claim that the arena will be ready for the 2013-14 season. League commissioner Gary Bettman wanted to focus on the toll the disaster had on the community, rather than the hockey club, though.

“We’ll worry about the Saddledome as we get into the summer,” Bettman said. “The human toll really deserves the attention first.”

Donations are coming from the NHL foundation and the NHLPA’s Goals & Dreams fund, according to the CP.

  1. sjsharks66 - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Wow a 3 billion dollar organization basically donated 300$ between the both of them they donated 150$. So kind of them.

    • taytay099 - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      I wasn’t aware that $100,000 was “basically 300$”.

      • 19to77 - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        I agree. Don’t complain about a charity donation not being enough. But at the same time… the annual revenues of the NHL are around $2.3 billion and the Flames and the Saddledome are part of that revenue generation. They truly couldn’t pitch a little more, even for the specific purpose of rebuilding their own business interests?

    • stakex - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      That made no sense at all. That $3 billion organization is actually donating $100k…. not “like $300″.

      If you are going to make that kind of analogy, you need to say something along the lines of “That’s like someone who has $1 million only offering to donate $300″. See how that works?

    • ravenscaps48 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      Pony up more dough, Bettman and Fehr. You just bought about 40-50 street signs and about 85,000 sq. feet (avg. Wal-Mart parking lot size) worth of asphalt and concrete.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      How much did you donate?

      • ravenscaps48 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        I have actually donated $100. Which percentage wise is a hell of a lot more of a donation then that what the NHL makes in a week

  2. ray2013 - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Heard if the Saddledome is not ready at the start of the season, the Flames will play out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (at least the pre-season).

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Yes, that’s the rumor going around the city, Ken King said they have a clear plan in place just in case but he said that they will not even start talking about plan b in public until its become 100% clear that the Dome won’t be ready. But with the fact they were able to get the Stampede ready to go in less than 2 weeks, im hopeful that the Dome will be ready for the October 6th home opener! IMO though, this just furthers my hypothesis that the Flames will soon move their minor league affiliate to Saskatoon.

      As far as the donation goes, it doesn’t matter how much they didn’t donate, as a Calgarian I just appreciate that they made a donation.

  3. chazxcore - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    That’s kindof pathetic.

  4. stakex - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Considering how much money the NHL and the NHLPA make a year… $100k isn’t much. With that said, they didn’t have to donate anything. So one way or another its an extra $100k the people in Alberta can really use.

  5. vanchuk - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    I feel as though the donation is in the correct amount. I live in Calgary, I was not directly affected by the flooding, but it is not a catastrophic disaster. A small percentage of the population of Calgary suffered losses, and there has been an outpouring of support from many people and organizations. The NHL’s charity budget is best spent elsewhere

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      As a fellow Calgarian I completely agree with your sentiment, plus one of the unmentioned “bright spots” is the majority of the people that were directly affected are people who can most afford to rebuild and refurbish.

  6. sjsharks66 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    You guys get what I meant :P

  7. ndnut - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Bettman finally did something good!

  8. howintensive - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Uh, Bettman? It’s July, we’re into the summer. Better make sure one of your teams actually has a place to play and operate now, instead of later.

  9. daryllh - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Rush is giving all their profits for the show that was moved from Saddledome to flood victims. That will be more than $100k

    • DED - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      The Rush press release.

      “Rush will be donating their fee, and paying for all their expenses. Their promoter partner Live Nation will also be donating their time and fees towards this cause. The venue, Enmax Centrium, will be donating goods and services to the event as well.”

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