Hockey Challenge 2017, the 19th annual Hockey Challenge took place on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at ShoWare Center, and raised over $150,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska (RMHC).
The annual Hockey Challenge has now raised over $5.1 million for the RMHC in 19 years.
Hockey teams are formed by sponsors that raise money to play in the Challenge. All proceeds from the Challenge directly support operations of the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home away from home for children and their families receiving medical treatment at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital, making each day a little easier. In fact, last year the Seattle Ronald McDonald House provided 28,603 nights of housing and services to 456 families.
There were six games played during the Challenge on Saturday. The first four games Saturday were played by eight teams from various groups at Microsoft. The T-Birds vs. Portland Winterhawks game followed the four Challenge games on Saturday and the event was capped off by the Celebrity All-Star Game.
“We are thrilled with the results of Hockey Challenge this year and are ever grateful to the Seattle Thunderbirds, the teams, sponsors, and volunteers who make the event possible. said Vanessa Kirk Briley, Co-Director of Development at RMHC. “Hockey Challenge is such an important fundraiser for us since it helps us to subsidize housing and programs for those who need it most. Every year we are amazed by the hockey community’s show of love for families who need a home away from home while their child recovers from a serious illness.”
“We as an organization are very proud that we are able to help the House raise such a significant sum every year. This Challenge is an important part of our history that we look forward to it every season,” said Colin Campbell, T-Birds Vice-President. “We appreciate the volunteers and alumni that join us every season to make the Challenge such success.”
A ticket to the Hockey Challenge gives fans access to all Challenge events on the day of the Challenge. Events include the Celebrity Game, all other Challenge games and the T-Birds game that night.
Celebrities that have appeared in previous Hockey Challenge Celebrity All-Star Games include: Steve The Producer (BJ Shea Experience on 99.9 FM KISW), Kiefer Sutherland (24), Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville), Jason Thompson (General Hospital), Brian Basset (cartoonist of “Adam @ Home” and “Red and Rover”), Kelly Tysland (formerly Kelly Stephens 2006 U.S. Women’s Olympic hockey bronze medalist), Dan Wilson (former Seattle Mariner) Bill Wixey (KCPQ news anchor), Ian Furness (KJR 950 AM Host), Paul Silvi (KING sports anchor), Dennis Bounds (KING news anchor), John Langeler (KING news reporter), Aaron Levine (KCPQ sports director), Christie Johnson (KING 5 morning news reporter), Paul Guilfoyle (CSI) and Cameron Bancroft (24: Day 4, Hockeyville on CBC).
T-Birds alumni that have appeared include Tyler Willis, Mark Parrish, Brendan Witt, Chris Wells, Jamie Huscroft, Al Kinisky, Turner Stevenson, Pat Smith, Regan Mueller, Troy Hyatt, Danny Lorenz, Jim McTaggart, Blake Knox, Brett Duncan, Ryan Gibbons and Lloyd Shaw.
Over the past 19 years the Hockey Challenge has raised over $5.1 million for the Seattle Ronald McDonald House. Find out more about the Seattle Ronald McDonald House.