Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassadors Program

At Canadian Blood Services, saving lives takes teamwork.

The Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador program comprises young developing hockey players from across Canada who have been recognized by their peers as influential champions. These ambassadors diligently promote the ongoing need for blood, stem cells, organ and tissue donations to help save lives.

Many of them are dedicated donors themselves with personal stories of what motivated them to make a meaningful difference for patients in their communities. The shared goal of each of these ambassadors is to help inspire the next generation of donors to join Canada’s Lifeline.

Making saves and saving lives:

Meet the Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassadors

Image of blood donor Alex Kannok Leipert wearing a white hockey gives blood t-shirt with long black hair standing inside the house

Alex Kannok Leipert

Blood donor

“I recently donated blood for the first time. A good friend of mine was in the Humboldt [Broncos] crash, and after that, I learned how many people need blood in Canada every day – and how every donation matters. I’ve been fortunate to live a good, healthy life, but you never know when you or someone you know will need blood.”

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Image of blood donor Blayre Turnball sitting in the chair donating blood at a donor centre.

Blayre Turnbull

Blood donor & registered organ donor

“I was shocked at how easy and painless the whole process was [to donate]! I hope that by sharing my experience with others, I can inspire them to use their own lifesaving ability to help someone in need.”

Image of Braden Hache wearing hockey gloves and a Hockey Gives Blood white t-shirt all while holding a hockey stick.

Braden Hache

Blood donor & registered to donate stem cells

“I really do hope that one day I’ll receive ‘the call’ to be a stem cell donor. I’ll be feeling pure joy and happiness if it happens. If my stem cells can save someone’s life, please take them!”

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Image of blood donor Carson Focht wearing a white t-shirt and a black unbutton long sleeved shirt.

Carson Focht

Blood donor

“Understanding how much blood is actually needed every day to help save lives is what inspired me to become a player ambassador. [Donating blood] is an easy way to make a big impact for patients across Canada."

Blood donor Carter Robinson sitting in a hockey locker room wearing a Hockey Gives Blood white t-shirt with a black cap

Carter Robinson

Blood donor, registered organ donor & registered to donate stem cells

“I hope that my actions help show people that anyone can be a difference-maker. It’s really very easy to save lives. Every person, every donation helps.”

Image of blood donor Cole MacKay sitting outside with black pants and a white Hockey Gives Blood t-shirt on a lawn chair

Cole MacKay

Blood donor & registered organ donor

“I think it’s important for others to know that by registering your decision to become an organ and tissue donor and informing your loved ones of your wishes, you can help save and transform someone’s life.”

Image of blood donor Cole McLaren with a white Hockey Gives Blood t-shirt with a green baseball cap in a bedroom

Cole McLaren

Blood donor & registered to donate stem cells

“My dad is a paramedic, so I’ve learned from him just how valuable blood is in emergency situations. I wanted to become a player ambassador so that I could use my platform to help ensure that blood is always there for patients who need it.”

Image of blood donor and registered organ donor Cole Schwindt sitting outside with a white Hockey Gives Blood t-shirt

Cole Schwindt

Blood donor, registered organ donor & registered to donate stem cells

“I wanted to remember someone very special to me by doing my part to help other patients fight life-threatening diseases. I couldn’t believe how simple and easy the process was [to donate stem cells], especially considering my actions could literally help save a life.”

Image of blood donor Dylan Garand wearing hockey gloves and holding a hockey stick standing in front of a goal post outside

Dylan Garand

Blood donor & registered to donate stem cells

“I would be very excited to get a call saying I was a [stem cell] match for someone. It would be pretty cool to know that there is someone out there in need of a transplant and that I, specifically, could help save their life.”

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Image of blood donor and registered organ donor Emily Clark with a white Hockey Gives Blood t-shirt and hockey stick

Emily Clark

Blood donor & registered organ donor

“I know the positive impact that other people’s donations had on my family — knowing there are so many other people and families out there who need blood like my brother did made my decision to start donating a very easy one.”

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Image of Ethan Cap wearing a red cap and a white t-shirt sitting in a donation chair donating blood at a donor centre

Ethan Cap

Blood donor & registered organ donor

“I was inspired to become a donor after a car accident involving a member of the Edmonton Oil Kings family. I want other people to know that they don’t have to wait for something to happen to them personally before they give back.”

Image of blood donor and registered organ donor Ethan Cardwell on a chair by the pool in a white Hockey Gives Blood t-shirt

Ethan Cardwell

Blood donor, registered organ donor & registered to donate stem cells

“I joined the player ambassador program to spread awareness about how easy it is to make a difference, and to save someone’s life by donating blood. I also jumped at the chance to register to be a stem cell and organ donor. If I were ever in the position [where I required a transplant] I would hope there was someone out there willing to do the same for me.”

Image of blood donor Ethan Crossman in a white Hockey Gives Blood t-shirt by a wall with the letters StFX

Ethan Crossman

Blood donor

“Before becoming a blood donor, I didn’t realize just how easy it was to help others and save lives. Now, I want to help build awareness in the hockey community so that more people join Canada’s Lifeline.”

Image of blood donor Jake Chiasson wearing a black cap and a white hockey gives blood t-shirt standing in an inside entryway

Jake Chiasson

Blood donor & registered to donate stem cells

“I started donating blood because I wanted to help give back to my community. It would also mean the world to me if one day my stem cells could also help save a life.”

Blood donor Jack Thompson wearing a black cap and a white hockey gives blood t-shirt sitting on the backyard stairs

Jack Thompson

Blood donor, registered organ donor & registered to donate stem cells

“If you’re willing to give up just an hour of your time to donate blood, you can save a life — there’s really nothing more rewarding than that.”

Image of Jett Woo sitting in a chair donating blood giving a thumbs up at the donor centre wearing a dark grey t-shirt and shorts.

Jett Woo

Blood donor & registered to donate stem cells

“If one person donates, that helps a lot. But it doesn’t do the whole job. Every 60 seconds, someone in Canada needs blood. And as more and more people donate, it’s like a whole team is helping out the person who needs it.”

Image of Julia Schmitt holding up a picture frame of her and her dad wearing hockey equipment in an indoor hockey rink.

Julia Schmitt

Blood donor & registered organ donor

“Blood transfusions allowed my dad to live a more comfortable and capable life at home. I remember one Christmas, the only reason my dad was able to come home from the hospital was because of the transfusions of blood he received from anonymous donors.”

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Image of Leif Mattson sitting in a chair donating blood holding a My Reasons sign at the mobile clinics

Leif Mattson

Blood donor & registered to donate stem cells

“I wanted to help raise awareness about the importance of blood and stem cell donation in honour of those affected by the Humboldt Broncos bus accident. I like the idea that I can help save a life now through blood donation — and then potentially help someone down the road if I’m a stem cell match.”

Liam Kindree sitting in a chair donating blood holding a My Reasons sign inside a donor centre wearing a white surgical mask.

Liam Kindree

Blood donor & registered to donate stem cells

“My cousin passed away from cancer, but the stem cell transplants he received during his treatment helped give my family more time with him. We had to rely on the kindness of donors – complete strangers – to help extend my cousin’s life, so I owe it to them to do my part to give back, too.”

Image of blood donor and registered organ donor Liam Peyton sitting outside on the front steps holding a hockey stick on his lap

Liam Peyton

Blood donor & registered organ donor

“I knew a couple of the players that were involved in the Humboldt Broncos crash who I played [hockey] with when I was younger, so it really hit home for me when this tragedy happened how important it was to donate [blood products]. It could have been any junior hockey team — or anybody, really.”

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Lleyton Moore wearing a white t-shirt standing behind a wall of bricks and swapping inside his cheek for stem cells

Lleyton Moore

Blood donor & registered to donate stem cells

“When I was younger, I got very sick and needed blood from volunteer donors. Today I’m healthy and have started donating blood myself to give back and thank all those people who helped me.”

Image of blood donor Logan Nijhoff sitting in a chair donating blood wearing a white Hockey Gives Blood t-shirt.

Logan Nijhoff

Blood donor

“I was so surprised at just how easy it is to donate blood. To me, giving up about an hour of your time to potentially give someone back their life is honestly one of the most rewarding things I could imagine.”

Image of Logan Stankoven with a hockey stick wearing a Hockey Gives Blood T-shirt standing in front of a white tarp with a hockey post.

Logan Stankoven

Blood donor & registered to donate stem cells

“Being a part of the Player Ambassador program makes me appreciate life a lot more. You never know when you may be the one in need of blood.” 

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Matt Welsh wearing a yellow t-shirt sitting in a donation chair donating blood at a mobile clinic holding up a My Reasons sign

Matt Welsh

Blood donor & registered to donate stem cells

“I started donating after learning about how many people in Canada require blood transfusions and stem cell transplants every day. I want to help make a difference in someone’s life.”

Image of blood donor and registered organ donor Micah Zandee-Hart wearing a white Hockey Gives Blood t-shirt

Micah Zandee-Hart

Blood donor & registered organ donor

“I started donating blood after a close colleague of mine was diagnosed with a rare blood disease. Now, as a player ambassador, my hope is that I can help encourage more young hockey players to leave a footprint in their communities.”

Image of blood donor and registered organ donor standing outside with a grey baseball cap wearing a white hockey gives blood t-shirt

Peter Stratis

Blood donor, registered organ donor & registered to donate stem cells

“I became a player ambassador because I want to make a positive impact and help people in need. Aside from donating blood and stem cells, I think that becoming an organ donor is another important way to leave a legacy and continue to help others – even after you’re gone.”

Image of blood donor Reid Valade wearing a white Hockey Gives Blood t-shirt standing out in front of a pine tree.

Reid Valade

Blood donor

“I donated blood for the first time ever this fall. It was quick, easy and painless — and it felt even better to know that my actions could help save a life."

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Blood donor and registered organ donor Sebastian Cossa holding a my reasons sign wearing a white Hockey Gives Blood t-shirt

Sebastian Cossa

Blood donor, registered organ donor & registered to donate stem cells

“Other peoples’ lives depend on you donating blood products and the process is so quick and easy — so why wouldn’t you volunteer to help save a life?”

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Blood donor Taylor Gauthier holding a hockey stick wearing hockey gloves and a white hockey gives blood t-shirt and camouflage shorts

Taylor Gauthier

Blood donor & registered organ donor

“The first time I donated blood, I couldn’t believe how easy it was. I hope that by sharing my experience with others, they’ll be inspired to donate too.”

Blood donor Thomas Casey wearing a hockey gives blood t-shirt holding a hockey stick in both hands standing outside backyard

Thomas Casey

Blood donor

“I want to make an impact in my community — I’m from Charlottetown and play hockey in Charlottetown and I want to make a difference here at home. PEI is such a tight-knit province and I’m eager to get out and talk to people about the lifesaving impact they can also make.”

Image of Trent Miner sitting in the donation chair donating blood at the donor centre wearing a black baseball cap and white hockey gives blood t-shirt

Trent Miner

Blood donor & registered organ donor

“I grew up with a mom who is a regular blood donor. I always looked up to her and knew I also wanted to help make a difference in people’s lives, as soon as I was old enough to donate myself. Now, my mom and I donate blood together and I’ve also registered to be an organ donor. Why not be somebody’s hero?”

Image of blood donor Tristan De Jong holding a hockey stick standing outside wearing a black cap and white hockey gives blood t-shirt

Tristan de Jong

Registered organ donor & registered to donate stem cells

“I lost my uncle to leukemia when I was young, and that experience changed my perspective on life. I learned that donating blood, plasma, stem cells and other blood products can help people who are sick and give them a chance to fight for life. It’s the easiest gift to give, and one that makes the biggest difference. Someday, it could be your own life that requires saving.”

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Blood donor Tristen Robins wearing a white t-shirt holding a hockey stick and sitting outside in a backyard patio steps

Tristen Robins

Blood donor

“I started donating blood after watching a family friend battle cancer. Many people my age might not personally know someone who has needed blood, so I want to use my platform to build awareness about how important it is for young people to join Canada’s Lifeline.”

Blood donor Tyler Brennan holding a hockey stick wearing hockey gloves and a white hockey gives blood t-shirt standing outside.

Tyler Brennan

Blood donor

“There are so many people out there who need our help. By giving up just a small part of your day to donate blood, you can help save someone’s life and give them back so many more days and years with their families and loved ones.”