CALGARY HITMEN AND SIKSIKA HEALTH SERVICES UNITE AGAIN FOR PRE-SEASON SHOWCASE

Thursday, September 16, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Siksika Nation will host the Calgary Hitmen’s pre-season opening game at the Siksika Deerfoot Sportsplex on Sept. 18, 2021. The event is a rematch of the Every Child Matters game from February 2020, featuring the Calgary Hitmen vs. Red Deer Rebels, and builds on a growing partnership between the Calgary Hitmen and Siksika Health Services.

The Calgary Hitmen and Siksika Health Services recently signed a first-of-its-kind Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Through the signing of the MOU, the partners commit to continued growth of the vision and engagement of the Every Child Matters game: to inspire all youth, with a focus on Indigenous youth, to participate in sports, and to understand that we can heal collectively through reconcili-action. The aim of the partnership is to create the new normal for the promotion of cultural awareness in sporting events, with the hope of expanding the power and reach that events like this can have on communities.

Together, the partners are working to address stereotypes and racism by advancing inclusion in our communities through the promotion of Indigenous culture, language and history, and promote healthy lifestyles for all youth by highlighting the benefits of participation in sport.

Pre-season Hockey Game:

Who:

Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club

Red Deer Rebels Hockey Club

Ouray Crowfoot, Chief of Siksika Nation

Tyler White, Corporate Executive Officer, Siksika Health Services

Mike Moore, Vice President, Calgary Hitmen

Rob Kerr, Manager of Business Operations, Calgary Hitmen

What:

Pre-season exhibition between the Calgary Hitmen and Red Deer Rebels

When:

Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 @ 7:00pm

Where:

Siksika Deerfoot Sportsplex main rink

Address:

Hwy-901 & Hwy-547, Siksika, AB T0J 3W0, Canada

GPS Location: 50.84331665393199, -113.05784287137496

COVID-19 Protocol:

COVID-19 protocols are aligned with the province of Albertas new public health measures, announced Sept. 15, 2021.

Event capacity is limited to 150 attendees; anyone who is feeling unwell, or who has been advised to isolate due to COVID-19 risk or exposure, should not attend the event.

All attendees will be required to participate in health screening prior to entry, which involves a health status questionnaire and temperature check. Those who do not pass the health screening (fail screening questionnaire or temperature reading of 38+ degrees) will be denied entry to the building.

Ticket holders will be seated in pods with their household or cohort members, to a maximum of 5 people per pod.

All attendees who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (born in 2009 or earlier) must be fully vaccinated (fully vaccinated defined as 14+ days after second dose of approved COVID-19 vaccine). Proof of vaccine documentation will be requested at ticket pickup.

Mandatory masking will be required for all attendees throughout the event.

Media are asked to register in advance. Contact Jennifer Kohlhammer (contact below).

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For information contact:

Jennifer Kohlhammer

Communications, Siksika Health Services

(403) 463-8507

comms@siksikahealth.com