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AHL, teams raise over $2 million for charity

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that more than $2 million was raised over the course of the 2005-06 season by the AHL and its 27 member clubs for donation to various charitable causes and relief funds across North America.

Recipients of the AHL’s charity endeavors included the Ace Bailey Children’s Fund, the American Cancer Society, the American and Canadian Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Easter Seals, Locks of Love, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the March of Dimes, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Special Olympics, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the United Way, among many others.

In addition to monies raised, AHL teams gave back to their local communities through numerous activities, including more than 2,300 visits to schools, hospitals, libraries and other locations and over 2,800 mascot appearances. More than 12,000 game tickets were donated to local charitable groups, and items such as food, coats, Christmas gifts and hockey equipment were collected at various drives organized by AHL clubs.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 80 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the fifth year in a row, more than 6.3 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2005-06.