SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League has begun a special jersey auction to raise funds in the wake of the recent hurricanes that struck the southern United States.
For the first regular-season home game of each of the AHL’s 27 teams, the home team’s captain wore a jersey featuring a specially created Red Cross patch positioned next to the “C” or “A” on the front of his sweater. These autographed jerseys are now being auctioned off on the official Web site of the American Hockey League, theahl.com, in conjunction with The MeiGray Group. All proceeds from these 27 auctions will go to the American Red Cross in support of their Disaster Relief Fund.
You can help the victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, as well as other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. For more information, please call 1-800-HELP-NOW or visit www.redcross.org. In Canada, the Canadian Red Cross can be reached at 1-800-418-1111, or on-line at www.redcross.ca.
In operation since 1936, the AHL is celebrating its historic 70th anniversary this season, and continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 80 percent of NHL players in 2003-04 were AHL graduates, and in 2004-05, more than 7.1 million fans – an all-time league record – attended AHL games across North America.