Hockey Gives Blood has partnered nationally with Canadian Blood Services to raise awareness for the importance of blood, plasma, stem cell, organ and tissue and financial donations, amongst the hockey community.
Hockey Gives Blood is a non-profit organization founded by a group of former hockey players. The team is dedicated to encouraging members of the hockey community to help save lives and ensuring that patients in Canada have access to the blood products they need, when and where they need them. Their passion for hockey is as distinct as their passion for saving lives.
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Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador Program
The Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador program comprises of 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 and organ and tissue donations to help save lives.
Canada Life has teamed up with Canadian Blood Services and Hockey Gives Blood as presenting sponsor of the Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador program during the 2020-2021 hockey season.
Less than 1% of prospective donors on Canada’s stem cell registry are Indigenous. We were especially honoured to have Olympian Brigette Lacquette participate in the #BeAHero campaign to help improve the odds for Indigenous patients.
University of Prince Edward Island men’s hockey team hold group donation
In December 2020, the University of Prince Edward Island’s (UPEI) men’s hockey team wanted to give back to their community in an impactful way, so they decided to organize a group blood donation. Because their regular hockey season was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participating in a group donation gave them the opportunity to get together at a safe distance and contribute to a meaningful cause. Out of the 17 teammates who donated blood during this event, 13 of them were first-time donors!
"This was a team activity that was used as a team and community builder. The support staff with Canadian Blood Services were so helpful and made it very easy. This will definitely become a mainstay as another way for our program to give back." - Head Coach Forbes MacPherson
Shane Farkas (left) from UPEI’s men hockey team joined teammate Kyle Maksimovich (right) for their team donation.
Player Ambassador Spotlight: Julia Schmitt
When Julia Schmitt was 13 years old, her father Mike was diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer. As part of his intensive treatment, Mike began receiving regular blood transfusions.
“The way (my parents) explained it to me was that people from our community and across the country were donating their blood so that my dad could have the strength to keep up his fight with cancer. When I learned that, I told my parents that whatever my dad’s outcome was, I wanted to become a blood donor myself one day so that I could help bring hope to other families like ours.”
Southgate Lions U15 AAA Adopts a Donor Event
Inspired by their trainer, Alicia, who received blood transfusions after being involved in a motor vehicle accident, the AAA hockey players from Southgate Lions in Edmonton, Alta. wanted to make a difference. Despite only being in their early teens and not old enough to donate blood yet, the players eagerly recruited their parents and siblings to roll up their sleeves at the Edmonton Donor Centre. Both coaches and parents, wearing team jerseys, donated over the Family Day weekend in February 2021, bringing extra meaning to the statutory holiday.
Saving a life through stem cell donation
Imagine being told your stem cells could save someone’s life — and then learning they did!
That’s what happened to Brady. He joined the Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Registry upon hearing that a young boy in his community was looking for a match. While Brady was unfortunately not a match for that specific patient, his stem cells were still able to save a life.