Announced today, the American Hockey League and the Professional Hockey Players Association have partnered with the Oklahoma City Barons to donate ticket revenue from the May 29th game in Oklahoma City to the United Way’s OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund. The revenue will be removed from the league-wide revenue sharing program.
The game, played on Wednesday, May 29th, is the first home game the Barons will play in their West Final showdown with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
“Through the generosity of the members of the Professional Hockey Players’ Association and its executive director Larry Landon, the American Hockey League is proud to be able to support the tornado relief efforts in Oklahoma,” said David Andrews, AHL President and CEO. “This week’s tragedy brings our tight-knit hockey community even closer, and our thoughts remain with everyone in the Oklahoma City region.”
Before last night’s game in Grand Rapids, Michigan-based retail store, Meijer donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross. Likewise, Van Andel Arena has become a collection point for donated goods that will go directly to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
Well done everyone. Grand Rapids Griffins fans, Mejier, theAHL, and the PHPA – Thank you!